- How is myelodysplastic syndrome treated?
- Chemotherapy for myelodysplastic syndrome
- Immunotherapy for myelodysplastic syndrome
- Growth factors for myelodysplastic syndrome
- Supportive treatment for myelodysplastic syndrome
- Stem cell transplant for myelodysplastic syndrome
- Clinical trials for myelodysplastic syndromes
- Complementary and alternative therapies for myelodysplastic syndrome
How is myelodysplastic syndrome treated?
General information about treatment
Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are a group of diseases. The different types of MDS vary in their outlook and response to treatment. Treatment is based on the type of MDS, as well as the patient’s age and health. Treatment is given by a specialist like a cancer doctor (oncologist) or a doctor who treats blood diseases (hematologist).
The main types of treatment for MDS are:
- Chemotherapy (including hypomethylating drugs)
- Growth factors
- Supportive therapy
- Stem cell transplant
Often, a combination of these is 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 are some questions I could ask my doctor about myelodysplastic syndromes?”
Last Medical Review: 02/27/2014
Last Revised: 04/03/2014