The symptoms of MDS (myelodysplastic syndromes) typically result from abnormal red blood cell production. These complications often develop slowly and may not be present in the earliest stages of the condition. However, over time, myelodysplastic syndromes can cause a variety of unusual concerns that should be discussed with a medical professional. At Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, located just a short drive away from Clearwater, Florida, individuals can consult with a team of hematologists, oncologists and pathologists who specialize in diagnosing and treating MDS.
The most common symptom associated with myelodysplastic syndromes is fatigue. MDS can cause a person to frequently feel exhausted, even when he or she is getting adequate sleep and avoiding strenuous activity. This tiredness tends to last for weeks or months without improving.
Other symptoms of MDS include:
- Shortness of breath
- Pale skin
- Unusual bruising or bleeding
- Petechiae (pinpoint-sized red dots beneath the skin)
These symptoms can be caused by other, less serious conditions as well, but it is always important to have them evaluated through a full diagnostic workup. MDS can progress into leukemia, and prompt detection is crucial to help improve a patient’s prognosis.
At Moffitt Cancer Center, we welcome patients from Clearwater and all surrounding areas to consult with our experienced oncologists if they develop any unusual health concerns, including persistent fatigue, abnormal bleeding or chronic shortness of breath. During a comprehensive evaluation, our team can review a patient’s medical history and symptoms to determine if MDS might be the cause, and if so, which tests to perform to confirm or rule out a diagnosis.
Individuals from Clearwater, FL, can make an appointment at Moffitt by submitting a new patient registration form online or by calling 1-888-663-3488. Our oncologists can review a patient’s MDS symptoms and perform any necessary diagnostic testing with or without a referral.