MDS surgery is unlike the surgical procedures used to treat most other cancers. Myelodysplastic syndromes do not produce solid tumors, so it’s not possible to remove abnormal cells from the body (as it is with other malignancies). However, patients may undergo certain surgical procedures as part of their diagnosis or treatment, depending on their specific conditions and medical history.
The two types of surgery used during MDS diagnosis and treatment are:
- A bone marrow biopsy – A needle is inserted into the bone marrow and a small sample is removed for further laboratory testing,
- Surgical placement of a port – A small venous access device (port) is placed underneath a patient’s skin so that blood products can be administered, blood can be drawn and antibiotics can be administered without the need for routine needle punctures.
At Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, our Malignant Hematology Program is one of the largest and most well-respected in the nation. With a team of specialists who each focus on one specific aspect of treatment, such as chemotherapy, stem cell transplantation, supportive care or surgery, our MDS treatment team provides patients with access to a number of expert opinions under one roof. And, while many patients are referred to us by physicians and hematologists throughout the community, we also welcome patients who do not have referrals but wish to speak with a specialist.