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How Fast Can I Make My Myelodysplastic Syndromes Go Away
Blood disease: These are a group of blood disorders that cause anemia or problems with the white cells, platelets or all three. There are several different forms that have varied prognosis. Some are very close to leukemia. These are diagnosed on bone marrow testing. There are some damaged chromosomes that can be found with this group of diseases. Some are very treatable, and some not so. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bone marrow: The only way to diagnose a myelodysplastic syndrome completely and accurately including prognostic factors is by performing a bone marrow biopsy and aspiration with subsequent multi-pronged assessment: morphology, flow cytometry, cytogenetics, and molecular studies. Some changes in the peripheral blood may suggest mds but a complete diagnosis still relies on bone marrow examination. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: There are some risk factors for myelodysplastic syndrome(mds). People exposed to certain chemotherapy drugs are at increased risk due to damage to the bone marrow dna from some chemo drugs. There is a higher risk of mds as people age. Certain genetic disorders (such as down syndrome) put people at risk for mds. Tobacco use is also associated with an increased risk of mds. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly: This would depend upon your brothers age, and his risk factors. For instance if he is elderly, and has significant chemical exposure, than no. If he is young, under the age of 50, mds is uncommon and i would seek a second opinion to confirm the diagnosis. If it turns out to actually be mds than yes, you would be at a higher risk. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
MDS: B12, Folate, (folic acid) Fe: Supplements in MDS is complex and depends on patient blood levels. In general, B12, folate (folic acid), (folic acid) and iron levels should be checked. If B12 or folate (folic acid) levels are low, then these should be replaced because they can help with red blood cell production. Iron can be normal or high in MDS. I generally recommend avoiding iron because many MDS patients can become iron overloaded by blood transfusions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bone marrow disease: MDS is a disease of bone marrow that causes blood precursor cells to have an abnormal appearance ("dysplasia"), and prevents normal production of mature RBC or WBC. This can cause seriously low blood cell counts. It arises from gene mutations acquired during your lifetime, in bone marrow cells. There is a risk that, with additional mutations, it can evolve into acute leukemia. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Treatment options: As mentioned it depends on the clinical situation. Sometimes treatment is just with observation, transfusions when needed. Drugs called growth factors can be used in some situations. There are some chemotherapy drugs that are effective and for aggressive cases a stem cell transplant can be used. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
See below...: Myelodysplastic syndrome (mds) is not a procedure but a form of bone marrow cancer that is generally less aggressive than leukemia but still malignant. Mds usually evolves more slowly then leukemia and sometimes can transform into acute leukemia and become more aggressive and faster evolving. It can be treated with chemotherapy or bone marrow transplant but sometimes treatment is not necessary. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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