Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for myelodysplastic syndrome: a review.

Publication Type:

Journal Article

Source:

Seminars in oncology, Volume 38, Issue 5, p.693-704 (2011)

Keywords:

2011, Center-Authored Paper, Clinical Research Division, October 2011

Abstract:

Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) continues to be the only curative option for myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). Since the majority of the patients with this disease are often older and frail, treatment-related mortality and morbidity remain major obstacles to be overcome. Reduced-intensity conditioning and continued lines of investigation in the field of allogeneic transplantation are expected to ultimately improve the overall therapeutic approach to MDS. In this review we summarize current recommendations and controversies surrounding HSCT for MDS, as well as the use of novel therapeutics in the peri-transplant period.