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Suggest treatment for myelodysplastic syndromes

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Posted on Mon, 6 Apr 2015
Question: What are the medical and/or natural treatments for MDS?
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Answered by Dr. Hardik Sanghvi (10 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Stem cell transplantation is the treatment of choice.

Detailed Answer:
Hi, dear
I have gone through your question. I can understand your concern.
Stem cell transplantation is the treatment of choice for MDS when matched donor is available.
When stem cell transplantation is not an option, MDS is not considered curable. In that case, the goal is to relieve symptoms and avoid complications and side effects of treatment.
Patients with mild low blood counts and few symptoms may be carefully watched without treatment for a while. If low blood counts are causing problems, supportive care treatments such as transfusions, blood cell growth factors, and possibly androgen may be helpful.
If a person has the 5q- type of MDS, then lenalidomide (Revlimid) is often used as the first treatment. If this drug doesn't help, treatment with azacytidine (Vidaza) or decitabine (Dacogen) is often the next option.
Dosage depends on the stage of disease.
These all drugs are highly toxic, so consult your doctor and take treatment on the prescription of treating doctor.


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Suggest treatment for myelodysplastic syndromes

Brief Answer: Stem cell transplantation is the treatment of choice. Detailed Answer: Hi, dear I have gone through your question. I can understand your concern. Stem cell transplantation is the treatment of choice for MDS when matched donor is available. When stem cell transplantation is not an option, MDS is not considered curable. In that case, the goal is to relieve symptoms and avoid complications and side effects of treatment. Patients with mild low blood counts and few symptoms may be carefully watched without treatment for a while. If low blood counts are causing problems, supportive care treatments such as transfusions, blood cell growth factors, and possibly androgen may be helpful. If a person has the 5q- type of MDS, then lenalidomide (Revlimid) is often used as the first treatment. If this drug doesn't help, treatment with azacytidine (Vidaza) or decitabine (Dacogen) is often the next option. Dosage depends on the stage of disease. These all drugs are highly toxic, so consult your doctor and take treatment on the prescription of treating doctor. Hope I have answered your question, if you have any doubts then contact me at bit.ly/Drsanghvihardik, I will be happy to answer you. Thanks for using health care magic. Wish you a very good health.