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Posted by Westbank on June 23, 2000 at 06:22:49:

A loved one has just been diagnosed as " mild myelodisplasia", with a white cell count of 2.8 (2.9 two years ago when previous family physician chose not to reveal this).We are informed that a count of 4 is "normal", and that it is a pre-cursor of lukemia. When enquiring further information of the disorder ( via the web), hoping to identify treatment to improve white cell count and prognosis for those with this condition, I am linked immediatley to lukemia. Is this an inevitable outcome? Our family physician's first action was to order monthly blood work for six months and that is all. I understand the need for monitoring, but question if there are also means, via the pharmacy, to improve the white cell count? Is lukemia always the result of myelosdysplasia? Without medication will the white cell count improve? What are the mortality statistics for those diagnosed as " mild myelodysplasia?

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