Key highlights in MDS: treating lower-risk & higher-risk disease, trial updates, and more

David Sallman, MD, Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL, and Andrew Brunner, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, discuss key updates in myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) presented at the 2022 ASH Annual Meeting. In this discussion, Dr Sallman and Dr Brunner first comment on treatment approaches for lower-risk MDS, including the role of luspatercept and imetelstat, and ongoing clinical trials in this space, including the SINTRA-REV trial (NCT01243476) and the IMerge trial (NCT02598661). Following this, Dr Sallman and Dr Brunner discuss treatment options for patients with higher-risk MDS and challenges in this space, as well as the role of novel classification systems. Several clinical trials are also highlighted, including the STIMULUS-MDS1 trial (NCT03946670), the VERONA trial (NCT04401748) and the SELECT MDS-1 trial (NCT04797780). To conclude, Dr Sallman and Dr Brunner share some insights into treatment approaches for patients with hypomethylating agent (HMA) failure MDS, emphasizing the importance of novel targets and transplant consideration. This discussion took place at the 64th ASH Annual Meeting and Exposition congress held in New Orleans, LA.

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