Module 1. Understanding Myelodysplastic Syndromes

What is MDS?

MDS expert, Dr Stephen Nimer, provides an overview of myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). MDS is a blood disease in which the bone marrow fails to produce enough of one or more types of healthy blood cells (red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets). Doctors consider MDS a form of blood cancer and in some patients it can turn into acute myeloid leukemia (AML) if it gets worse.
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Animation - Understanding Myelodysplastic Syndromes
1. Animation - Understanding Myelodysplastic Syndromes
Slide Show - Understanding Myelodysplastic Syndromes
2. Slide Show - Understanding Myelodysplastic Syndromes

Expert Videos

What is MDS?
3. What is MDS?
What causes MDS?
4. What causes MDS?
What are the symptoms of MDS?
5. What are the symptoms of MDS?
What are the risk factors for MDS?
6. What are the risk factors for MDS?
Can MDS be prevented?
7. Can MDS be prevented?
Is MDS hereditary? Does genetics play a role?
8. Is MDS hereditary? Does genetics play a role?
What are the types of MDS?
9. What are the types of MDS?
How is MDS classified?
10. How is MDS classified?
How serious a cancer is MDS? What is the prognosis for MDS?
11. How serious a cancer is MDS? What is the prognosis for MDS?

Patient Videos

George's story: How did you find out you had MDS?
12. George's story: How did you find out you had MDS?
George's story: What has been the biggest challenge for you with your MDS?
13. George's story: What has been the biggest challenge for you with your MDS?
George's story: What has been the biggest surprise for you with your MDS?
14. George's story: What has been the biggest surprise for you with your MDS?
George's story: What advice do you have for other patients on their journey with MDS?
15. George's story: What advice do you have for other patients on their journey with MDS?
David's story: What advice do you have for other patients on their journey with MDS?
16. David's story: What advice do you have for other patients on their journey with MDS?

This educational activity has been developed by
the Myelodysplastic Syndromes Foundation, Inc and Mechanisms in Medicine Inc.

This activity is supported by charitable grants from Celgene Corporation, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Novartis, and Takeda Oncology.

This website is part of the Animated Patient™ series developed by Mechanisms in Medicine Inc., to provide highly visual formats of learning for patients to improve their understanding, make informed decisions, and partner with their health care professionals for optimal outcomes.