Myelodysplastic syndromes, or MDS, can produce a wide range of symptoms, although most do not develop until the condition is in its later stages. The first (and most common) symptom is usually fatigue, with secondary complications developing gradually as the syndrome continues to affect the blood cells. At Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, our oncologists are highly experienced at diagnosing and treating myelodysplastic syndromes, providing individualized medical attention to each patient who comes to us with the symptoms of MDS.
MDS symptoms typically develop as a result of insufficient red blood cell production (anemia). In addition to fatigue and exhaustion, individuals with a myelodysplastic syndrome may experience:
- Frequent bleeding and bruising
- Small red marks underneath the surface of the skin
- Unusually pale skin
- Shortness of breath, especially when moving about
- Increased susceptibility to infections
While these symptoms are not always indicative of MDS, it is important to discuss any unusual changes with an experienced physician who can confirm or rule out more serious conditions. At Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, our knowledgeable oncologists review each patient’s medical history and symptoms, then perform any necessary testing to pinpoint the underlying cause of his or her health concerns.
To ensure the highest level of accuracy in diagnostic testing, Moffitt handles every aspect of the process on site. Pathologists who specialize in myelodysplastic syndromes assess each patient’s blood and bone marrow samples, looking for abnormal chromosomal characteristics that could indicate MDS. We offer a number of advanced diagnostic options, including bone marrow biopsies, molecular testing, immunophenotyping and chromosomal analyses, to diagnose MDS.
Referrals are never required to make an appointment at Moffitt. To schedule a time to discuss your symptoms with a Tampa, FL, oncologist who specializes in MDS, call 1-888-663-3488 or submit a new patient registration form online.