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  1. Lower-Risk MDS: Diagnosis and Treatment Options

    ... or higher-risk. The first criterion is the number of low blood counts, specifically defined as hemoglobin level less than 10 ... transfusion-independent, if they have been needing red blood cell transfusions. Lenalidomide is a pill that is usually taken ...

    Interview last updated 05/18/2012 - 1:28pm.

  2. Patient Education Materials

    ... patient guide on myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) begins with blood basics, MDS classifications, and then specifics on symptoms, tests, ... Bone Marrow Failure Disease: Resulting from successive red blood cell transfusions that some patients may receive, excess iron in ...

    Page last updated 11/06/2013 - 4:28pm.

  3. Overlap Syndromes: When PNH Appears with Aplastic Anemia

    ... for different reasons. In classic PNH, there is breakdown of red cells and the reticulocyte count is high, but with aplastic anemia, ... eculizumab (Soliris®) or anticoagulants to prevent blood clots. Aplastic anemia patients need immunosuppression, generally being ...

    Interview last updated 04/15/2015 - 9:39am.

  4. MDS—The Past 40 Years. A Look at the Emerging Awareness and Classification of Myelodysplastic Syndromes.

    ... century. Based on the percentage of blasts (young, immature blood cells) in bone marrow and blood, the FAB system had five MDS ... blood cell counts of any or all three types of blood cells (red blood cells, white blood cells, or platelets). From these combined ...

    Page last updated 10/19/2015 - 2:29pm.

  5. Interviews with the Experts Managing MDS With Supportive Care and Active Treatment

    ... to giving a specific drug or agent that treats the disease. Blood transfusions are the backbone of supportive care for patients with MDS, ... group of agents used is growth factors.  This includes red blood cell growth factors like erythropoietin (Procrit®) or ...

    Interview last updated 09/22/2014 - 12:25pm.

  6. 2014 Scholarships Awarded to Special Group of Young People

    ... been to Haiti three times. Chris says that surviving a blood disorder has instilled in him a feeling that he can do anything. He was ... American Cancer Society, American Heart Association and the Red Cross. In 2006, nine-year-old Kinsey was the keynote speaker for ...

    Page last updated 10/22/2015 - 8:28am.

  7. Donate Blood, Platelets, or Bone Marrow

    Your donation of blood, platelets, bone marrow , or umbilical cord blood help patients ... More information can be found through the American Red Cross at www.redcross.org or America's Blood Centers® at ... the donation of umbilical cord blood that is used for stem cell transplants. Cord blood transplantation is an investigational therapy for ...

    Page last updated 12/16/2013 - 12:31pm.

  8. PNH: Diagnosis

    ... years before they get a correct diagnosis. 3 Types of Blood Cells With PNH, your doctor can usually divide your blood cells ... lets your doctor see if any proteins were missing from your red blood cells. It can also be done on certain white blood cells called ...

    Page last updated 01/20/2015 - 4:48pm.

  9. Treating Higher-Risk Myelodysplastic Syndromes

    ... abnormalities seen in the MDS cells, and the degree of low blood counts, indicating if the red blood cells, white cells, or platelets are low. We consider people who get ...

    Interview last updated 05/18/2012 - 1:55pm.

  10. Luis Batista, PhD

    ... that occurs when the bone marrow stops making enough healthy blood cells. A risk for bone marrow failure is genetic instability, including ... fashion, to become any particular blood cell type, such as red blood cells, present in the circulatory system. This allows us, for the ...

    Grant Recipient last updated 06/09/2015 - 9:22am.