MDS Current Trials UK

We aim to list an easily understandable description of any MDS clinical trials currently opened to recruitment in the UK.

Patients will be able to read up on the details of these trials and use this information to discuss with their consultants or nurses.

Not all patients can be enrolled in drug trials - as not every patient will fit the necessary inclusion criteria, which need to be followed very strictly. However, if a particular clinical trial drug is considered an option by the haematologist, it is sometimes possible to obtain the drug outside the trial, on the basis of compassionate use.

All the trials listed in this page have been properly vetted for scientific accuracy. Many thanks to Dr Simone Green – Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust 

  1. SUB-TYPE OF MDS: Previously untreated higher-risk MDS, AML or CMML
  2. SEVERITY OF MDS: Intermediate, high risk or very high risk MDS as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) criteria or Revised International Prognostic Scoring System (IPSS-R)
  3. NAME OF DRUG: Glasdegib, Azacitidine
  4. Aims and benefits: PGlasdegib disrupts cancer stem cell survival. This has the potential to reduce the development of drug resistance and prevent relapse. This is a Phase 1b study aimed at determining the safety and effectiveness of Glasdegib in combination with Azacitidine in this specific patient group.
  1. Primary outcome measures: 
    Assessing complete remission rates and adverse events.
  2. Secondary outcome measures:
    To determine response rates and the rates of haematologic improvement.
  3. Basic inclusion criteria:
    • Clinical indication for treatment with Azacitidine.
    • Previously untreated higher-risk (Intermediate, high risk or very high risk) MDS, AML or CMML.
  4. Basic exclusion criteria:
    • Patients with AML who are suitable for standard induction chemotherapy as first line treatment.
    • Known active CNS leukaemia.
    • Prior treatment with a smoothened inhibitor and/or a hypomethylating agent.
  5. Trial sites/locations and name of the physician in charge of trial:
    • Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool
    • King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London
    • Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Newcastle upon Tyne
    • Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Oxford

Please read information and always discuss trial information with your own physician.

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Venetoclax and hypomethylating agents (HMAs) induce high response rates in MDS, including patients after HMA therapy failure

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IPSS-R MDS Risk Assessment Calculator

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MDS Fact Sheet

MDS Factsheet for GPs General Practicioners

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Varicella Vaccine in MDS

Urgent Clarification on varicella vaccine policy

Current advice from the UK MDS Forum is not to give the Live Varicella Vaccine to patients with MDS.

Please read below correspondence between Professor Salisbury and Dr George Follows, the latter on behalf of the CLL Forum, on the varicella vaccine policy.
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NICE Guideline

Lenalidomide for treating myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) associated with an isolated deletion 5q cytogenetic abnormality.

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BSH Guidelines

This is an external link to the home of the British Society for Haematology (BSH). 

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