“These are exciting results,” said Dr. Denduluri. “This study can reassure patients who receive adjuvant chemotherapy to battle their cancer that their risk of a secondary acute myeloid leukemia and myelodysplastic syndrome is very low within the first three years. With the recent news that Robin Roberts with Good Morning America developed MDS after beating breast cancer, many of my patients were concerned about the risk.”
More than 20,000 patients were included in the retrospective study. Investigators utilized the iKnowMed electronic health record system, supported by The US Oncology Network and McKesson Specialty Health, to study patients diagnosed with stage I-III breast cancer from 2007-2010. Findings confirmed low risk for secondary leukemias, but increased age and Anthracycline-containing chemotherapy were associated with higher rates.
“These study results are reassuring,” said Debra Patt, M.D., medical oncologist and hematologist with Texas Oncology, affiliated physician with The US Oncology Network, and co-author of the study. “Knowing your risk is important. Now we know that patients can receive appropriate therapy without increased risk of developing acute myeloid leukemia and myelodysplastic syndrome in the first three years. This knowledge gives us a better understanding of risk as we discuss treatment options with our patients.”
Along with Drs. Denduluri and Patt, several other researchers affiliated with The US Oncology Network participated in the study including: Janet L. Espirito, Pharm.D., Brian Turnwald, Yunfei Wang, Ph.D., Lina Asmar, Ph.D., J. Russell Hoverman, M.D., Marcus A. Neubauer, M.D., Linda D. Bosserman, M.D., Leslie T. Busby, M.D., Barry Don Brooks, M.D., Thomas H. Cartwright, M.D., Mark A. Sitarik, M.D., Ian D. Schnadig, M.D., William E. Winter, M.D., Jody S. Garey, Pharm.D., Kimberly A. Bergstrom, Pharm.D., Roy A. Beveridge, M.D.
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