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Thalidomide for the Treatment of Myelodysplastic Syndrome in Taiwan: Results of a Phase II Trial.
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PMID:  22843924     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
BACKGROUND: Thalidomide inhibits angiogenesis and exerts complex immunomodulatory activities. This phase II study aimed to examine the efficacy of thalidomide in Taiwanese patients with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS).
PATIENTS AND METHODS: Sixty patients [intention to treat group (ITT)] with MDS were treated with thalidomide (100 mg/day, increased by 100 mg/day weekly to a maximum of 400 mg/day) for 12 weeks. Forty-two patients of the ITT group were considered as comprising the evaluable population (EP).
RESULTS: Thalidomide resulted in hematological improvement (HI) in 28% of ITT analysis and in HI in 40% of the EP. Thalidomide was more effective for MDS patients with low to intermediate-1 International Prognostic Score System scores. The response rates were 7% for ITT and 10% for EP patients. Only two patients exhibited a cytogenetic response. Net reduced levels of vascular endothelial growth factor and basic fibroblast growth factor cytokines were observed in the peripheral blood and the bone marrow of thalidomide-treated patients.
CONCLUSION: Low-dose thalidomide is an effective and safe treatment for patients with low-risk MDS.
Chih-Yuan Chung; Sheng-Fung Lin; Po-Min Chen; Ming-Chih Chang; Woei-You Kao; Tsu-Yi Chao; Liang-Tsai Hsiao; Chuen-Chuan Yen; Muh-Hwa Yang; Wei-Shou Hwang; Tung-Liang Lin; Tzeon-Jye Chiou; Cheng-Shyong Chang
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Anticancer research     Volume:  32     ISSN:  1791-7530     ISO Abbreviation:  Anticancer Res.     Publication Date:  2012 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-07-30     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8102988     Medline TA:  Anticancer Res     Country:  Greece    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  3415-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Hematology and Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine, Changhua Christian Hospital, 135 Nanhsiao Street, Changhua County 500, Taiwan, R.O.C. or Tzeon-Jye Chiou, MD, Division of Transfusion Medicine, Department of Medicine, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, No. 201, Sec. 2, Shipai Road, Taipei 11217, Taiwan, R.O.C. e-mail:
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