We aim to present an easily understandable version of the latest medical research on MDS

Learn about the latest research projects and use this information to discuss with your consultants or nurses: when you are actively involved in your own care, treatment and support, it can improve your outcomes and experience of the disease.

All the articles listed in this page have been properly vetted for scientific accuracy.

Watch also our Video Interviews with MDS Experts and read more on the MDS Clinical Trials currently recruiting in the UK.

EPO (Erythropoietin) & other Erythropoiesis Stimulating Agents (ESAs) in the Treatment of MDS

Research FOR Patients -For an informed and empowered opinion- Have you made your clinical paper accessible yet? Print this article In this article Dr Chris Dalley, Consultant Haematologist University Hospital Southampton (NHS Foundation Trust), looks at the use of conventional and new Erythropoiesis Stimulating Agents (ESAs) in the treatment of MDS. What are Erythropoiesis Stimulating […]

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Vidaza / Azacitidine: Learn all about this drug

Vidaza and Azacitidine are the same drug Azacitidine is the official generic and non-proprietary name given to the drug active ingredient while Vidaza is its trade name. The drug is widely available in the UK for the treatment of MDS since its approval in February 2011 by NICE – the National Institute for Health and […]

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What is CAR-T cell therapy? Learn how this immunotherapy works in blood cancer

Cell therapies, sometimes called “living therapies”, are an especially promising and rapidly growing area of cancer research. One approach that’s been pioneered by Memorial Sloan Kettering researchers, led by investigator Michel Sadelain, is called CAR-T cell immunotherapy. This type of targeted immunotherapy aims to boost the immune system by giving immune cells the information they […]

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When is the right time to give a blood transfusion?

When the blood lacks enough healthy red blood cells or haemoglobin, anemia symptoms develop, typically fatigue, shortness of breath, weight loss, paler than normal skin, etc and a blood transfusion is considered. There is no set haemoglobin level at which a blood transfusion is given, but your doctor will assess your symptoms and you will […]

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The RIGHT treatment for the right patient at the right time – a crucial EU initiative

More than 70 participants representing medical specialists and nurses caring for MDS patients, MDS patient advocates, medical researchers and data managers, healthcare authorities, regulators, HTA experts and industry representatives gathered for the first MDS-RIGHT multi-stakeholder meeting on the 3 May 2017 in Valencia, Spain – in conjunction with the biannual MDS 2017 International Symposium. This project […]

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Can Azacitidine be administered at home? The Spanish experience

A new project was trialled for more than two years by nurses from home-care units in Spain: ‘Azacitidine (Vidaza) administration at home’. Now it has been rolled out to include most of the hospitals in Spain administering Azacitidine. It was initially undertaken by nurses, not necessarily haematology nurses, who would visit patients at home usually by taxi […]

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