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Clinical Services at Rush Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS) and Related Disorders

If you have a myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) or another bone marrow failure disorder, Rush can help. We welcome patients seeking treatment or a second opinion after any of the following diagnoses:

  • Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS)
  • Aplastic anemia
  • Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH)
  • MDS/MPN overlap syndromes, including chronic myelomonocytic leukemia

What Your Diagnosis Means

These disorders have more in common than complicated names. In each case, bone marrow does not make enough healthy blood cells. (Bone marrow, a spongy substance inside your bones, normally works as a cell “factory.”)

But each diagnosis means something different:

  • MDS means you don't have enough of at least one type of blood cell. It also means that some of your blood cells are abnormally shaped.
  • Aplastic anemia means you do not have enough bone marrow to make the right amount of blood cells.
  • PNH means that your red blood cells are missing a protein they need to survive. As a result, your immune system breaks them apart.
  • MDS/MPN overlap syndromes are like MDS in some ways and like myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN) in others.   

Expertise Devoted to You

These disorders are closely related and uncommon. They also cause different symptoms in different people. So it takes an experienced specialist to properly diagnose and treat them.

At Rush, Jamile Shammo, MD, focuses exclusively on rare blood and bone marrow disorders. She leads a team of experts who meet every two weeks to discuss new patients' diagnoses and treatment plans.

Treatment Options

Before your appointment, the team at Rush will meet to talk about your care. They will look at any blood or bone marrow tests you have had and discuss the treatments most likely to work for you.

Depending on your condition, you might need one or more of the following:

After you arrive, Jamile Shammo, MD, will examine you, explain your options and work with you to create a treatment plan that meets your needs. If you wish, the team at Rush will be happy to work with your regular hematologist to carry out your treatment.

Second Opinions

Rush welcomes patients seeking second opinions. If you have been diagnosed with an MDS or another bone marrow failure disorder, you may want to get a second opinion to make sure that the diagnosis is accurate and that your treatment plan is the best one for you.

Clinical Trials

Doctors at Rush are conducting research on new treatments for bone marrow failure disorders. Through clinical trials, they can offer some patients medications that are not widely available otherwise.

In addition to clinical trials, doctors at Rush participate in registry studies, which involve collecting information about many patients to help improve understanding of a condition. Jamile Shammo, MD, is one of four physicians nationwide in charge of the PNH registry, an international research project whose goal is to help doctors and researchers learn more about PNH.

Clinical Team

Hematologists
Jamile Shammo, MD

Pathologists
Jerome M. Lowe, MD  
Brett M. Mahon, MD
Ira J. Miller, MD

Cytogeneticist
Wei-Tong Hsu, MD

Physician assistant
Amy Rizman, PA

Research nurse
Stephanie Taylor

Contact Information
Consultants in Hematology
Professional Building
1725 W. Harrison St.
Suite 1010
Chicago, IL 60612

To make an appointment, please call (888) 352-RUSH (7874).
 







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