Re: Untreated MDS - Prognosis
MDS is an unsual disease in that the treatment only starts when the condition of the blood counts is at a level that the body is in distress. For instance, if the platelets become too low to prevent bleeding, packed platelet tranfusions will be given, if bone marrow failure is at a younger age a stemcell transplant or other major solutions can be achieved. Survival in all instances depends on the age and physical condition of the patient and is dependent on factors too numerous to discuss in this forum. The statistics are misleading and do not provide individual information and will discourage some and provide false hope for others.