Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) and myeloproliferative neoplasms are rare stem cell disorders. Though these are rare diseases, you’ll find nationally renowned experts at Rush who have spent decades caring for people who have these conditions. Rush is also recognized as a Center of Excellence by the Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) Foundation for its MDS expertise and research.
The MDS care team at Rush is dedicated to patient-focused care. We’ll work with you to educate you about your treatment options and develop a care plan tailored to your specific symptoms, needs, lifestyle and concerns. You will also have a nurse navigator who will help coordinate your care every step of the way.
As one of the top-ranked academic medical centers in the nation, Rush offers a wide variety of standard treatment options for myelodysplastic syndromes and myeloproliferative neoplasms including stem cell transplantation. You’ll also have access to cutting edge clinical trials that are looking at novel approaches for treating these conditions.
Excellence in MDS Care
You may receive care through the MDS Comprehensive Clinic at Rush, where a team of specialists — including hematologists, pathologists, bone marrow transplantation specialists and research staff — gathers to review your condition and create a treatment plan that meets your needs.
At Rush, your care goes beyond medications and procedures. You’ll also have access to supportive oncology services, which can include nutrition counseling, complementary therapies (e.g., acupuncture, massage), palliative care to help manage symptoms and side effects, psychosocial oncology, financial counseling, transportation assistance and more.
“Our philosophy of care is to put our patients at the center. Everyone — from doctors and nurses to our ancillary team — works together to identify the best treatment plan for each patient, and at the same time, we’re all focused on preserving our patient’s quality of life. That’s what makes the care at Rush so exceptional.”
Jamile Shammo, MD
MDS and MPN Specialist