Able to escape immune surveillance, MDS is a deceptive disease - Gilead Sciences
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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…
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.
MDS Foundation supports and educates patients, their communities, and healthcare providers, and contributes to innovative research in the fields of MDS and its related continuum of diseases to better diagnose, control and ultimately cure these diseases.
Uncover important facts about MDS. Able to escape immune surveillance, MDS is a deceptive disease.
Talking as much normal lifestyle as possible whilst learning to live with MDS.
A highly-respected patient-focused organization, AAMDSIF's mission is to serve its community in every cycle of these diseases. That includes providing the vital information and resources needed to adjust to the initial life-altering phase of diagnosis and get through the potentially life-threatening treatment phase that follows. We then help patients and families manage the life-long stage of having a chronic disease.
Scientists aren’t quite what causes most myelodysplastic syndromes. It’s believed that some people have a genetic predisposition to develop MDS when exposed to some external trigger. Some of these triggers include radiation, chemotherapy, and exposure to certain chemicals, like benzene.
Myelodysplastic syndrome, or MDS, encompasses a group of diseases in which the bone marrow doesn’t produce healthy blood cells as it should. About one-third of MDS patients will develop acute myeloid leukemia, or AML.
Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are a group of blood disorders characterized by abnormal development of blood cells within the bone marrow. People with MDS have abnormally low blood cell levels (low blood counts). Signs and symptoms may include dizziness, fatigue, weakness, shortness of breath, bruising and bleeding, frequent infections, and headaches. In some people with MDS, the condition progresses to bone marrow failure or develops into acute leukemia.
MDS may progress to life-threatening failure of the bone marrow or develop into acute leukemia. The exact cause of MDS is unknown but genetics and certain chemotherapeutic drugs or toxic exposures in the environment may play a part.
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