Myelodysplastic Syndromes

Able to escape immune surveillance, MDS is a deceptive disease - Gilead Sciences

Myelodysplastic Syndromes

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What Is Myelodysplastic Syndrome? Is MDS a Form of Cancer?

Possibly the only thing more frightening than being diagnosed with cancer is learning you have a form of the disease you’ve never heard of. That’s exactly what Robin Roberts, host of “Good Morning America” felt in 2012, at the age of 51, when she was diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer. “It is something called MDS—myelodysplastic syndromes,” she announced to her viewers, admitting that she didn’t know what exactly it was at the time. “If you’re going… what? I was doing the same thing.”

MDS is a type of cancer in which the bone marrow does not make enough healthy blood cells, and instead abnormal cells take over the bone marrow or blood. In healthy people, the bone marrow contains…

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