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Old Wed Mar 14, 2018, 07:51 PM
cary cary is offline
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I just found out about this site and joined. I am a Viet Nam Vet 69-70 and was diagnosed with MDS in November 2017. I have been taking Vidazza (7 days at a time) since December and just finished my 4th month with 8 more to go.
I was not stationed anywhere near Agent Orange that I knew of so all this comes as a surprise to me.
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Old Thu Mar 15, 2018, 07:59 AM
Rarity Rarity is offline
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Hi Cary,

I don't have anything to share regarding Vidaza and sorry you have this too. It most certainly is shocking to hear especially because it's something you haven't heard of. I was glad to find this site as well and find it very helpful when we first had the diagnosis and now. I'm sure you will learn a lot reading through this site.

Wishing you all the best and thank you for serving.

Rarity
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Old Tue Mar 20, 2018, 10:30 AM
Leigh Clark Leigh Clark is offline
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Hi Cary,

If you would like to get connected with other veterans, contact AAMDSIF, help@aamds.org or call 800-747-2820 x140.

Best wishes to you.

Leigh
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Old Sat Jun 9, 2018, 02:30 AM
Tereze Tereze is offline
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I am newly-diagnosed with highest-risk MDS brought on by chemotherapy. Starting vidaza on Monday, but it doesnít make much sense to me, as most of what Iíve read about vidaza suggests it is effective for a limited time, perhaps 2 years. At that time a transplant would be my only option. Iím 72. It seems to me it might be wiser to have the transplant as soon as possible.

I had pretty much made up my mind to ask my doctor about this... but Iíve just read details about the procedure, and it truly sounds... appalling. With ongoing risks; as if one is never really out of the woods. Yet without it I doubt I can live 2 years. I have a rich, lively life and a 3-year old granddaughter I want to see grow up! I keep returning to the thought that the transplant is really my only choice. Iím not ready to say, Ďok, two more years, thatís it.í And if I wait Iíll just be - older, and sicker!

But the transplant sounds - well, terrifying.

Iíd be grateful to hear from folks whoíve had transplants, or anyone who wants to weigh in!

Thanks everyone...
Tereze
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Old Sat Jun 9, 2018, 01:38 PM
Hopeful Hopeful is offline
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Hi Tereze,

I haven't had personal experience with Vidaza, but from what I have heard and seen, Vidaza can be an effective pre-treatment regimen for transplant. It also has been used successfully as part of some post-transplant regimens (for example, Robin Roberts who also had secondary MDS).

The one caution with Vidaza is that if you start it, you should be prepared to stick it out for at least 6 cycles before determining whether it has worked. If you stop sooner, it seems like things could go downhill faster.

Responders to Vidaza seem to have a pretty full life while it is working. Plus there is always the potential that new treatments/regimens will be discovered in the meantime - especially with the rapid evolvement of genomics.

Enjoy your granddaughter!
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