Anemia in patients with MDS

Anemia in patients with MDS


Managing anemia in patients with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) is complex. When are erythroid growth factors used as primary treatment?

Lab tests for anemic patients

Lab tests for anemic patients


In following patients with anemia, what do the lab values for iron, ferritin, transferrin, and TIBC (total iron binding capacity) tell me?

Epoetin alfa reduces anemia but raises clot risk in breast cancer


Adding the ESA epoetin alfa to the chemotherapy regimen for high-risk breast cancer improved hemoglobin levels for patients, but it also resulted in increased thrombosis.

Chemotherapy nerve damage stops regrowth of blood stem cells

Chemotherapy-induced nerve injury in the bone marrow is what impairs the regeneration of hematopoietic stem cells, leading to anemia.

Abiraterone proves worthy against prostate cancer

Abiraterone markedly prolongs survival in men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer that has progressed after docetaxel therapy.

Cisplatin surprise: Drug binds quickly to RNA

Cisplatin binds 20-fold more pervasively to RNA than to DNA, making RNA a potential new drug target for the platinum compound, which is used to fight tumors in nearly 70% of cancers.

Vaccine may enhance NSCLC treatment

Recent study results suggest that a targeted immunotherapy based on a poxvirus may make chemotherapy for advanced non-small cell lung cancer more effective and slow disease progression.

Myelodysplasia gene mutation can aid diagnosis

The recent discovery of gene mutations in a genomic study of myelodysplastic syndromes could enable diagnosis using only a blood test rather than a bone marrow biopsy.

Costly clots common in cancer

As many as 1 in 5 people risk developing a venous thromboembolism (VTE) within a year after undergoing treatment for some types of cancers, researchers reported.

Oncology Nurse Advisor Forum - June 2010

The advisor forum answers questions about anemia, nurse navigators, chemotherapy-associated rashes, and more.

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