Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS)

1483 WordsFeb 4, 20186 Pages
Not too long ago, a national, television journalist announced that they were diagnosed with something called MDS. It was the host of “Good Morning America”, Robin Roberts, who reported that she had recently been diagnosed with MDS or myelodysplastic syndrome. She also stated that she had acquired MDS as a result of her initial battle with breast cancer. Robin Roberts is not only a national TV personality, but she is also a local celebrity here on the Gulf Coast. I was captivated by this obviously emotional announcement and the heartfelt outpouring given by Robin on her television show in front of millions of people. Thus, my interest prompted further investigation of how myelodysplastic syndrome affects the bone marrow and blood cells. Journal research from scientific, scholarly sources was necessary to know and understand exactly what type of challenges Robin Roberts is about to face in the weeks ahead. The Investigation of MDS According to the MD Anderson Cancer Center (2009), Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) is the name for a group of various disorders that affect the bone marrow. Bone marrow is where red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets are produced (MFMER, 2011). MDS primarily occurs in the elderly population in ages 65 and older, but MDS can affect younger patients as well. Bone marrow produces immature blood cells often referred to as stem cells, progenitor cells, or blasts (Aggarwal, S., Van de Loosdrecht, A., Alhan, C., Ossenkoppele, G. J.,
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