The Changing Face of MDS: Advances in Prognosis and Diagnosis

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Release Date: August 25, 2016
Expiration Date: August 25, 2017

Expected time to complete this activity as designed: 30 minutes
There are no fees for participating in or receiving credit for this online activity.

Program Overview

The diagnosis and prognostication of disease can be very complex for patients with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). In this activity, Dr. Guillermo Garcia-Manero, Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Section of MDS at the MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC), will outline the challenges associated with diagnosing MDS, including discordance between referral and final diagnoses. He will also explain the utility of prognostic models, such as International Prognostic Scoring System (IPSS), WHO Prognostic Scoring System (WPSS) and the Global MDACC model, and ongoing research into the clinical significance of genetic mutations in MDS.

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 prognosis and diagnosis of myelodysplastic syndromes.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Outline the challenges associated with a diagnosis of MDS based solely on pathology, including interobserver variability, nonspecific hematopoietic cell dysplasia, and a lack of karyotypic abnormalities that confirm an MDS diagnosis
  • Summarize new research into genetic abnormalities associated with MDS, and the potential role of these new advances in improving diagnosis and prognosis in this disease


The Changing Face of MDS: Advances in Prognosis and Diagnosis – Guillermo Garcia-Manero, MD

Instructions for Participation and Credit

This activity is eligible for credit through August 25, 2017. After this date, this activity will expire and no further credit will be awarded.

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Faculty Biographies

Guillermo Garcia-Manero, MD
Chief, Section of Myelodysplastic Syndromes
Deputy Chair, Translational Research
Department of Leukemia
Division of Cancer Medicine
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas

Dr. Guillermo Garcia-Manero received his medical degree from the University of Zaragoza, Spain. He completed his clinical internship, residency, and clinical fellowship in hematology and medical oncology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia. Dr. Garcia-Manero is Professor and Chief, Section of Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS) and Deputy Chair of Translational Research, Department of Leukemia, Division of Cancer Medicine, at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (UTMDACC) in Houston. In addition, he is Co-Director, DNA Methylation Core, and the endowed Dr. Kenneth B. McCredie Chair in Clinical Leukemia Research, Department of Leukemia, Division of Cancer Medicine, at UTMDACC.

Dr. Garcia-Manero is board certificated in medical oncology (hematology eligible), and internal medicine. He holds membership in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Society of Hematology, American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Association of Cancer Research (Chair, Scientific Review Committee), Aplastic Anemia and International Myelodysplastic Syndromes Foundation (Steering Committee/Medical Advisory Board), American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation, Society of Hematologic Oncology, and the European Hematology Association. In addition, he is an editor/journal reviewer for numerous peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Garcia-Manero has written more than 800 abstracts, invited articles, and editorials in scientific journals, and is the Principal Investigator in several MDS studies.


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Faculty Disclosure

Dr. Guillermo Garcia-Manero has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

Planning Committee Disclosures

The individuals listed below from MediCom Worldwide, Inc. reported the following for this activity: Joan Meyer, RN, MHA, Executive Director, and Patrick Brooks, PharmD, Medical Director, Oncology, have no relevant financial relationships.

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