Myelodysplastic syndromes are a group of blood cancers. You might also hear doctors call them myelodysplasia or MDS for short. With these syndromes, the bone marrow doesn’t work properly and makes abnormal blood cells. Some people with MDS do not need treatment for many years.
Some people with MDS go on to develop acute myeloid leukaemia (AML). How they progress depends on:
- the type of MDS
- the risk of that type changing into AML
We have information on the different types of MDS, the treatments that are available and where to get support to help you cope.
Myelodysplastic syndromes are also called myelodysplasia or MDS. In MDS the bone marrow doesn’t work properly and produces abnormal blood cells.
The main tests for MDS are blood and bone marrow tests.
Getting practical, and emotional support may help you to cope with a diagnosis of MDS.