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Clinical Trials Offer Opportunities to Change Practice to Improve Prevention and Treatment of Blood Disorders

Clinical Trials Offer Opportunities to Change Practice to Improve Prevention and Treatment of Blood Disorders

(WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2020) – Four studies being presented during the 62nd American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting and Exposition present opportunities to improve care for patients with a variety of blood disorders. Together, the studies provide support for new clinical approaches such as alternate treatment delivery methods, updated uses for existing therapies, and earlier referrals to specialty care.

“These are very practical trials with real-world implications,” said press briefing moderator Lisa Hicks, MD, of St. Michael’s Hospital and the University of Toronto. “They address important questions relevant to everyday practice in the clinic.”

The first study supports administering the monoclonal antibody daratumumab for multiple myeloma via a quick injection instead of an intravenous infusion, an approach that could save significant time for patients and clinics.

The second study found that, despite being routinely used in practice, the clot stabilizer tranexamic acid does not prevent bleeding when used prophylactically for patients undergoing treatment for blood cancers, although it leaves open the possibility that the drug may be an effective treatment for these patients when bleeding occurs.

The third study reports the drug ruxolitinib can offer relief for patients with chronic graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) after a stem cell transplant, suggesting ruxolitinib is a viable second-line treatment for patients whose symptoms are not fully resolved with corticosteroids.

Finally, the fourth study supports referring older patients with myelodysplastic syndromes to transplant centers for allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation, an important shift from current practice that could offer many more patients the potential for a cure.

This press briefing will take place on Friday, December 4, at 9:30 a.m. Pacific time on the ASH annual meeting virtual platform.

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