Zhongguo Zhong Xi Yi Jie He Za Zhi. 1993 Jul; 13(7): 410-2, 388.
[Treatment of myelodysplastic syndrome by combined traditional Chinese medicine and Western medicine therapy]
254 Hospital of PLA, Tianjin.
50 cases were treated with Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) by combined TCM-WM therapy. They were classified into RA 17 cases, RAS 6, RAEB 19, CMML 1 and RAEBT 7. The patients were divided into two groups, one with RA and RAS receiving treatment of hemopoietic and immune drugs plus Chinese medicinal herbs, the other with RAEB, CMML and RAEBT receiving treatment of LD Ara-c and LD Hom chemotherapy plus medicinal herbs. The effective rates were 47.83% and 62.96% respectively, the total effective rate being 56%. 6 cases (RAEB 4, RA 1, RAS 1) were treated with all-trans retinoic acid used as an inducer of differentiation, 2 of them were effective. 11 patients with MDS who had transformed into acute leukemia were treated by LD Ara-c and combined TCM-WM chemotherapy, the remission rate was 54.55% and the survival period was 9-27 months after remission. In some cases low dose chemotherapy resulted in hemocytopenia, bone marrow inhibition, infection, mild nausea and anorexia.