How do I treat an elderly patient with low-risk MDS?

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Release Date: July 17, 2014
Expiration Date: July 17, 2015

Expected time to complete this activity as designed: 30 minutes
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Program Overview

Myelodysplastic syndromes are a heterogeneous group of diseases that manifest essentially with peripheral cytopenia and a propensity for AML transformation at a rate of approximately 30%. In the bone marrow biopsy and aspirate, the diagnosis of MDS requires bone marrow dysplasia and may be accompanied by elevations in myeloblast count as well as chromosomal and genetic abnormalities. Community oncology practitioners need to recognize that prognostication is the single most important clinical step for your individual patient because it improves on the estimated natural history of your particular MDS patient, and more important, it helps guide a practitioner’s decision in tailoring therapy, and so it allows for a more personalized approach and a more evidence-based approach to treatment and management.

Target Audience

This activity is designed for physicians, pharmacists, physician assistants, and other health care professionals who have an interest in enhancing their clinical skills in the management of patients with myelodysplastic syndromes.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Perform prognostic risk assessments appropriate for patients with MDS
  • Design treatment plans that are tailored to low-risk elderly MDS patients consistent with clinical guideline recommendations


How do I treat an elderly patient with low-risk MDS? – Eric Padron, MD

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Faculty Biography

Eric Padron, MD
Assistant Member
Immunology and Malignant Hematology Programs
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute
Assistant Professor
Department of Oncologic Sciences
College of Medicine
University of South Florida
Tampa, Florida

Dr. Eric Padron received his medical degree from the University of Florida College of Medicine. He completed his internal medicine residency at University of Florida Shands Hospital, and his hematology/oncology fellowship at Moffitt Cancer Center, University of South Florida. He is currently an assistant member, immunology and malignant hematology programs at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, and is an assistant professor, Department of Oncologic Sciences, College of Medicine, University of South Florida.

Dr. Padron is board certified in internal medicine and oncology, board eligible in hematology, and holds memberships in the American Society of Hematology, American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the American Association of Cancer Research. He is a journal reviewer for Future Medicine, Blood, Leukemia Research, Leukemia, Therapeutic Advances in Hematology, Blood Cancer Journal, American Journal of Hematology, and OncoTargets and Therapy. His clinical interests are the care and treatment of patients with adult myeloid malignancies including MDS, AML and myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) with a specific interest in the myeloproliferative/myelodysplastic (MDS/MPN) syndromes.


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Faculty Disclosure

Dr. Eric Padron has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

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