Our Approach to Myelodysplastic Syndromes
Approximately 120 new patients with myelodysplastic syndromes come to the Siteman Cancer Center every year. At Siteman, our world-class physicians and nurses provide the best care possible for MDS. From our active clinical trials to our renowned Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Program, we will draw upon all of the treatments and resources currently available to help you.
Expert doctors and staff
Siteman patients are treated by a team of experts that includes doctors, nurses, and pathologists. You will be seen by Washington University Physicians who do more than just treat MDS: they study it in the laboratory, searching for new and better ways to understand it, manage it, and even cure it.
As researchers, your doctors will solve problems creatively and incorporate the most up-to-date information about myelodysplastic syndromes into your care. They will analyze your MDS down to the genetic level, using your DNA to guide your treatment plan.
Siteman patients are often treated through clinical trials, which offer advanced therapies that have not yet been released on the market. Clinical trials drive medical progress: they’re the research studies that test brand-new treatments to make sure they are safe, effective, and superior to existing options. This means that the care you receive at Siteman will be cutting-edge.
Your doctor will carefully evaluate your MDS to determine which clinical trials are right for you. Because Washington University Physicians often lead these trials, they know how to match their patients to trials that will yield the best results.
Bone marrow transplants
Bone marrow transplants, or stem cell transplants, are the only known way to cure myelodysplastic syndromes. The Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Program at Siteman Cancer Center is one of the largest and most prestigious in the country, staffed by Washington University Physicians and specialist nurses who will ensure that the procedure is effective and safe. At Siteman, your care team will be able to oversee your case from diagnosis to potential transplant, giving you the best odds for success.