Expert Video - What’s the prognosis for MDS-related anemia? How is prognosis determined?

MDS experts, Dr Rafael Bejar and Dr Casey O’Connell, provide an overview of how prognosis (outlook) is determined in MDS. Risk scores are used to predict outlook and decide on treatment options. Your doctor will calculate your risk score based on which blood counts are low, your number of blasts, and any gene changes they see. They also describe the International Prognostic Scoring System (IPSS) and the Revised International Prognostic Scoring System (IPSS-R) tools that categorize risk, ranging from very low risk to very high risk. Lastly, the experts explain the various meanings of the term “risk” as it relates to MDS: risk of the MDS developing into acute myeloid leukemia (AML), as well as risk of overall survival (life expectancy with MDS).

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This activity is supported by an educational grant from Acceleron Pharma, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Celgene Corporation, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, and Takeda Oncology.

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