Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS)

Myelodysplastic syndromes are a group of blood cancers. You might also hear doctors call them myelodysplasia or MDS for short. With these syndromes, the bone marrow doesn’t work properly and makes abnormal blood cells. Some people with MDS do not need treatment for many years.

Some people with MDS go on to develop acute myeloid leukaemia (AML). How they progress depends on:

  • the type of MDS
  • the risk of that type changing into AML

We have information on the different types of MDS, the treatments that are available and where to get support to help you cope.

What are myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS)?

Find out about myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), including different types and possible symptoms.

Tests and treatment for myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS)

The main tests for MDS are blood and bone marrow tests. Read about the different treatments available.

Coping with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS)

Get information on organisations and resources that can help you cope.

Last reviewed: 
16 Jul 2020
Next review due: 
16 Jul 2023
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