Our Approach To Myelodysplastic Syndromes

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Myelodysplastic syndromes are a group of conditions in which the blood-forming cells in the bone marrow are damaged. This leads to a decreased amount of red blood cells, white blood cells, or platelets.

At NYU Langone’s Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center, hematopathologists—specialists who study diseases of the blood—use sophisticated testing to identify the type of myelodysplastic disorder. They can also determine the risk of the condition progressing. Our hematologists use this information to develop the best treatment plan for you. They specialize in managing all forms of myelodysplastic syndromes, ranging from those that do not cause symptoms to those that pose a risk of progressing to a blood cancer called acute myeloid leukemia, or AML.

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If myelodysplastic syndrome is likely to progress, you may be eligible for stem cell transplantation, a procedure available at NYU Langone’s Rita J. and Stanley H. Kaplan Stem Cell and Bone Marrow Transplant Center.

Treatment at NYU Langone

NYU Langone doctors may recommend watchful waiting, which is a period during which they monitor but do not actively manage a condition, if the myelodysplastic syndrome isn’t causing symptoms and has a low risk of progressing. They may prescribe medications or recommend stem cell transplantation to manage higher-risk myelodysplastic syndromes. Blood transfusions may also be an important part of your care.

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