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What Is Myelodysplastic Syndrome?

Battling cancer begins with being armed with essential information about the disease.

Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) — often referred to as “bone marrow failure disorder” — is a group of cancers in which the bone marrow does not produce enough healthy blood cells. Instead, it creates too many immature cells (myeloblasts) responsible for anemia, serious blood loss, and many other symptoms. Further, 30 percent of MDS cases progress to acute myeloid leukemia, a ruthless type of blood cancer.

Myelodysplastic Syndromes We Treat at New Hope

There are three main types of blood cells: red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. The World Health Organization (WHO) divides myelodysplastic syndromes into subtypes based on the blood cells involved.

The subtypes of myelodysplastic syndromes are:

Myelodysplastic syndrome with unilineage dysplasia (RCUD)

The count of one blood cell type is low and appears abnormal under the microscope.

Myelodysplastic syndrome with multilineage dysplasia (RCMD)

Two or three blood cell types are abnormal.

Myelodysplastic syndrome with ring sideroblasts (RARS)

There is a higher number of early red blood cells in the bone marrow that have a ring of iron in them.

Myelodysplastic syndrome with excess blasts (RAEB-1 and RAEB-2)

One or more blood cell levels are low, and many of them appear abnormal in the bone marrow. In RAEB-1, there are less immature cells in the blood and bone marrow than in RAEB-2.

Myelodysplastic syndrome associated with isolated del (5q)

The cells in the bone marrow have a chromosome change called isolated del (5q). There are low numbers of red blood cells (anemia), and the platelet count is usually normal or high.

Myelodysplastic syndrome unclassified (MDS-U)

This type comprises MDS that does not fit into any of the above groups.

Signs and Symptoms of Myelodysplastic Syndrome

Low red cell count (anemia), low white cell count (neutropenia), and low platelet count (thrombocytopenia) are key characteristics of MDS. They are responsible for many MDS symptoms, such as frequent infections, pallor and weakness, spontaneous bleeding, and easy bruising. Other reported signs of MDS are fatigue, shortness of breath, and the appearance of small red spots beneath the skin (petechiae).

It is important to seek your physician's accurate diagnosis since these signs and symptoms can have several other causes.

Myelodysplastic Syndrome Causes

Some myelodysplastic syndromes have no identified cause. Others, however, result from long-term exposure to toxic chemicals or heavy metals, including tobacco, benzene, pesticides, and lead. Treating cancer with certain chemotherapy drugs and radiation can also increase the risk of MDS.

Detection and Diagnosis

Tests for myelodysplastic syndromes begin with a complete blood count (CBC), which helps evaluate your overall health and detect a wide range of diseases. A definitive MDS diagnosis can be provided only after a hematopathologist examines a sample of your bone marrow through invasive procedures, including a bone marrow biopsy or bone marrow aspiration.

Myelodysplastic Syndrome Alternative Treatments at New Hope

The success rate for MDS treatment is higher when performed by specialists with a great deal of knowledge and experience in handling the disease. Our medical experts draw from scientific research from cancer treatment pioneers, as well as a full range of the latest, most advanced treatments for myelodysplastic syndrome. With our holistic protocols and care, there is new hope in surviving your disease. Click Here to learn more.

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  • Advanced Cancer Treatments
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Our Top-of-the-Line Medical Facilities

At New Hope Unlimited, we pride ourselves in providing superior comfort, cleanliness, and cancer care at our 8,000 square foot medical treatment center in San Luis Rio Colorado, Mexico. We worked with renowned architects and contractors to create the ideal space for recovery, which includes state-of-the-art lounge areas and spacious private in-rooms that assure the comfort of our patients and their loved ones.

To make our patients feel right at home, each private ward is equipped with high-definition U.S. television, quality bedding, and high-speed internet connection. And with proper nutrition playing a vital role in cancer recovery, New Hope Unlimited also fulfills the dietary needs of each patient using fresh, organic produce to prepare breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and dinners.

Comfort and cleanliness are also strictly implemented in our medical treatment rooms, which are equipped with the latest medical supplies and technology to provide the highest standard of care and treatment. Our medical center also has an in-house Hyperbaric Chamber, a well-established therapy for decompression sickness, exclusively available for our patients’ use.

Further, New Hope Unlimited has maintained its exceptional partnership with Hospital Migoo, a medical group comprised of certified physicians and specialists committed to our patients’ care and well-being.


1. What specific treatments does New Hope offer?

Click here to learn about our combination of conventional, alternative, and holistic therapies for myelodysplastic syndrome.

2. Is myelodysplastic syndrome contagious?

Patients often worry that MDS might be contagious. No existing evidence suggests that MDS results from a virus. Thus, MDS cannot be transmitted to anyone around the patient.

3. Who is at risk for myelodysplastic syndromes?

MDS affects men slightly more than women. This cancer occurs in any age group but is more prevalent in adults over 60 years of age.


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