Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are related diseases. The different types of MDS vary in their prognosis and response to treatment. Treatment is based on the type of MDS, as well as the patient’s age and health. Patients with these diseases are treated by specialists, such as a hematologist or an oncologist.
The main types of treatment for MDS are:
- Supportive therapy
- Growth factors
- Chemotherapy (including hypomethylating drugs)
- Stem cell transplant
Often, a combination of these are used. It is important to discuss all of your treatment options, including their goals and possible side effects, with your doctors to help make the decision that best fits your needs. It’s also very important to ask questions if there is anything you’re not sure about. You can find some good questions to ask in the section, “What should you ask your doctor about myelodysplastic syndromes?”
Last Revised: 07/02/2015