Myelodysplastic Syndrome

When a person is diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, he or she could potentially have one of a variety of cancers or diseases for which the bone marrow does not function properly. Essentially, in a patient with this disorder, the blood cells die prematurely in the bone marrow. This condition typically progresses slowly, over a long period or time, and for others, can develop rather quickly within a few weeks or months. Patients with this disease will have anemia, bruising, infections or consistent bleeding.  More than 30% of myelodysplastic syndrome patients will develop acute myeloid leukemia. There are many treatment options available for this disease and depending on the severity of the symptoms, age of the patient and medical history will help to determine the course of treatment.

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