Myelodysplastic Syndrome Overview

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Talking With Your Doctor TOPICS

What are some questions I can ask my doctor about myelodysplastic syndromes?

We encourage you to have honest, open discussions with your doctor about your condition. Ask any question on your mind, no matter how small it might seem. Here are some questions you might want to ask. Be sure to add your own questions as you think of them. Keep in mind, too, that doctors are not the only ones who can give you information. Other health care professionals, such as nurses and social workers, may have the answers to your questions. You can find more information about communicating with your health care team in our document Talking With Your Doctor.

  • What type of myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) do I have?
  • What is my prognostic score and what does that mean?
  • What treatment choices do I have?
  • Which treatment (if any) do you recommend and why?
  • Should I get a second opinion, and whom do you recommend as an expert in this field?
  • What are the side effects of the treatment you recommend?
  • How can I help reduce these side effects?
  • What is the outlook for my survival?

Here is space to add your own questions below:


Last Medical Review: 02/27/2014
Last Revised: 04/03/2014