For cancers lacking standard treatments, comparing new agents with existing treatments is problematic. Here we discuss the study design from the AZA-001 trial, which compared azacitidine with 3 frequently used conventional care regimens (CCR) for higher-risk myelodysplastic syndromes. Before randomization, physicians preselected the most appropriate of 3 CCR for each patient, after thorough examination. Patients were then randomized to azacitidine or CCR. Patients randomized to CCR received their preselected treatment, thus including patients otherwise excluded as poor candidates for a single comparator. This design may serve as a template in other cancers lacking standard therapy.
Keywords: Azacitidine; CCR; Heterogenous; Novel treatment; Standard; Study design.
Copyright © 2013 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.. All rights reserved.