MDS is a rare blood disorder that is difficult to diagnose and transforms into acute myelogenous leukemia in about one-third of patients with MDS. Patients who have MDS are frequently misdiagnosed or diagnosed when the cancer is in its late stages. Stem cell transplant (SCT) is usually considered the only curative option for patients with MDS and may be the treatment of choice for younger patients when a matched donor is available. In the event that SCT is not an option, MDS is not considered curable. In that case, the goal is to relieve symptoms and avoid complications and side effects of treatment. This session will discuss the importance of timing a SCT and the identification of appropriate treatment options for those not eligible for transplant.
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to
- Describe the clinical manifestations and diagnosis of MDS
- Describe the most common treatment options for MDS
- Determine when treatment should begin for the MDS patient. Review the International Prognostic Scoring System (IPSS) for MDS
Erica Warlick, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Hematology, Oncology and Transplantation
University of Minnesota Health
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The faculty reported the following:
Erica Warlick, MD has indicated that she has no relevant financial relationships.
Sarah Chart-Hart, RN
Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
Martha L. New, BSN, RN, CCTC
Transplant Case Coordinator
Arlene Rome, RN, BSN
Anne M. Sendaydiego, PharmD
AMS Consulting, LLC
V. Silverstein, MD
Eagle Creek Medical Communications
Durham, North Carolina
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Ms Chart, Ms Gleason, Ms New and Ms Rome have indicated that they are employees of and own stock in UnitedHealth Group.
Drs Sendaydiego and Silverstein have indicated that they have no relevant financial relationships.
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This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of case managers, nurses, pharmacists, physicians and other health care professionals who are interested in myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS).
This activity consists of recorded presentations from the "24th Annual National Conference" held in Minneapolis, MN on September 29–October 1, 2015.
- 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacist
- 1.00 AMA
- 1.00 ANCC
- 1.00 Attendance
- 1.00 CCMC - General