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Leuk Res. 2013 Mar;37(3):259-65. doi: 10.1016/j.leukres.2012.11.017. Epub 2012 Dec 27.

Health-related quality of life outcomes of lenalidomide in transfusion-dependent patients with Low- or Intermediate-1-risk myelodysplastic syndromes with a chromosome 5q deletion: results from a randomized clinical trial.

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  • 1United BioSource Corporation, Bethesda, MD, USA.


We report health-related quality of life (HRQL) outcomes assessed using the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-Anemia (FACT-An) among 167 RBC transfusion-dependent patients with IPSS Low-/Intermediate-1-risk del5q31 MDS treated with lenalidomide versus placebo in a randomized phase 3 clinical trial, MDS-004. Mean baseline to 12 week changes in FACT-An Total scores improved following treatment with lenalidomide 5 and 10mg (+5.7 and +5.7, respectively) versus placebo (-2.8) (both p<0.05). Clinically important changes in HRQL from baseline were observed at weeks 12, 24, 36, and 48 among RBC-TI≥26 week responders in both treatment groups. Lenalidomide treatment may be effective in improving HRQL outcomes.

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