what exactly is mdf bone marrow disease and can it be cured?
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MDS - Myelodysplastic Syndrome is a vast term covering diseases of the bone marrow in which it does not function correctly. One of the most important functions of the bone marrow is to produce blood cells including red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets.
In MDS patients, the production of blood cells is ineffective, in part because blood cells die prematurely in the bone marrow.
MDS may progress slowly, over years, or rapidly, over a few months. Patients develop anemia, bruising, bleeding or infections.
About one-third of MDS patients will develop acute myeloid leukemia. MDS is more common than Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), with about 9,700 new cases per year in the United States.
There are many treatment options for MDS, some practised and others theoretical under research.
Some are drugs such as the growth factor erythropoietin, which may increase red blood cell counts, and the drugs azacitidine (Vidaza) and decitabine (Dacogen).
However, the best treatment option is bone marrow (stem cell) transplantation (also called hematopoietic cell transplantation) the only treatment option with the potential to cure MDS or MPN.
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we were told the disease is mdf ,not the name you called it.is there a difference?
There is no such thing as MDF bone marrow disease. I am thinking it was a typo on the part of the doctor or his secretary/clerk, or whoever wrote the diagnosis.
The correct name is MDS (Myelodysplastic Syndrome) bone marrow disease.
However, please confirm it from the doctor's clinic again.
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