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Thalidomide for the treatment of myelodysplastic syndrome in Taiwan: results of a phase II trial.

Department of Internal Medicine, Changhua Christian Hospital, Taiwan, R.O.C.
Anticancer research (Impact Factor: 1.87). 08/2012; 32(8):3415-9.
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ABSTRACT 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).
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).
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.
Low-dose thalidomide is an effective and safe treatment for patients with low-risk MDS.

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