MDS Treatment for Residents of Clearwater, FL

Clearwater, Florida, residents looking for MDS treatment can turn to the experts at Moffitt Cancer Center. The medical experts within our Malignant Hematology Program meet regularly as a tumor board to discuss every new patient’s case and use their years of combined experience to develop a treatment plan tailored to each patient’s needs. Our individualized approach to MDS treatment helps us achieve the best possible outcomes and a better quality of life for our patients.

Most commonly, MDS treatment at Moffitt begins with a combination of a high-dose course of chemotherapy and a stem cell or bone marrow transplant, if the patient is eligible. During stem cell transplantation, healthy stem cells are harvested from an adult donor who is a match for the patient’s cell type. Then, high-dose chemotherapy or radiation therapy is used to kill the patient’s affected bone marrow cells. Finally, the donor cells are used to replace the cells that were destroyed. Although transplantation has proven successful in achieving long-term remission, a non-myeloablative allogenic stem cell transplant may be recommended for very young or elderly patients, as this form of transplantation utilizes lower doses of chemotherapy or radiation therapy to minimize side effects.

Clearwater, FL, patients who are not eligible to receive a stem cell transplant as part of their MDS treatment may be treated with chemotherapy alone, or may undergo immunotherapy, during which the patient’s own immune system is used to kill cancer cells. There are also a number of treatments available to manage a patient’s MDS symptoms. These may include:

  • Blood transfusions to treat anemia
  • Medications to promote the maturation of red blood cells
  • Antibiotics to fight off infections

Patients undergoing MDS treatment at Moffitt may also have the opportunity to benefit from our robust clinical trials program. We are committed to the advancement of MDS research, and patients participating in a clinical trial have the opportunity to benefit from leading-edge therapies before they are made available elsewhere.

If you live in Clearwater, FL, and would like to discuss the MDS treatment options available to you, call 1-888-663-3488 or complete a new patient registration form online. You do not need a referral to consult with our physicians.