3 doctors weighed in:

If myelodysplastic syndrome is mainly caused by exposure to certain elements. How long ago would that exposure have been ?

3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Christopher Cogle
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: MDS Carcinogens

Alkylating chemotherapies can cause MDS 5-7 years from last dose.
Radiation can cause MDS 10-40 years after last dose. Although it's debatable whether modern radiation therapy can cause MDS (see my PubMed article: 24577814). Benzene can cause bone marrow aplasia, MDS or AML 4-14 years after exposure. Tobacco (benzene et al) smoking is significantly associated with MDS with onset 10-20 years.

In brief: MDS Carcinogens

Alkylating chemotherapies can cause MDS 5-7 years from last dose.
Radiation can cause MDS 10-40 years after last dose. Although it's debatable whether modern radiation therapy can cause MDS (see my PubMed article: 24577814). Benzene can cause bone marrow aplasia, MDS or AML 4-14 years after exposure. Tobacco (benzene et al) smoking is significantly associated with MDS with onset 10-20 years.
Dr. Christopher Cogle
Dr. Christopher Cogle
Thank
Dr. Michael Dugan
Internal Medicine - Hematology

In brief: The exposure

Was likely years and maybe even decades ago.
Do you know what the "element" was?

In brief: The exposure

Was likely years and maybe even decades ago.
Do you know what the "element" was?
Dr. Michael Dugan
Dr. Michael Dugan
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Marsha Davis
Board Certified,
24 years in practice
67M people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors