An individual’s myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) diagnosis will heavily influence the types of treatment that he or she will receive. Because each syndrome has a different set of treatment protocols, it’s crucial to establish a proper diagnosis so that the most promising therapies can be recommended for each situation. At Moffitt Cancer Center near St. Petersburg, Florida, our Malignant Hematology Program is among the largest in the nation, and our physicians have a uniquely high level of expertise in diagnosing and treating the full spectrum of myelodysplastic syndromes.
When making a myelodysplastic syndrome diagnosis, Moffitt’s oncologists first rule out other possible conditions, such as anemia and HIV, which are more common than MDS but can produce the same symptoms. Then, if a myelodysplastic syndrome is suspected, our oncologists assess the genetic and cellular characteristics that differentiate one syndrome from the next. Throughout this process, a patient may undergo:
- A complete blood count
- A peripheral blood smear
- A bone marrow biopsy
- Molecular testing
- A chromosomal analysis (cytogenetic study)
- Flow cytometry
At Moffitt, we are committed to making today’s latest advances in myelodysplastic syndrome diagnosis and treatment easily accessible to residents of St. Petersburg and other nearby areas. As leaders in clinical research and individualized medicine, we are continually investigating the most effective ways to detect and manage MDS. With a team of medical professionals who specialize in hematology, pathology, molecular biology, immunology, cytogenetics and other related fields, we’re proud to operate one of the nation’s largest and most robust malignant hematology programs.
If you’d like to discuss a MDS diagnosis or request a second opinion from one of Moffitt’s oncologists, call 1-888-663-3488 or submit a new patient registration form online. Individuals from St. Petersburg, FL, and other nearby locations can consult with our team regarding a myelodysplastic syndrome diagnosis with or without a physician’s referral.