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  • Collaboration. At Mayo Clinic, hematologists, pathologists and bone marrow transplant specialists work as a multidisciplinary team to provide whole-person care for people with myelodysplastic syndromes. Other professionals are included as needed.
  • Experience. Each year, Mayo Clinic doctors care for more than 1,000 people with myelodysplastic syndromes. Your care team is prepared with the knowledge and resources to provide you with exactly the care you need.
  • Expertise in diagnosing myelodysplastic syndromes. Mayo Clinic hematologists and pathologists are respected for their skill and experience in diagnosing myelodysplastic syndromes.

    Careful analysis of DNA mutations in bone marrow cells can provide details needed to determine your treatment and to understand your prognosis.

    Mayo Clinic doctors have access to the latest technology in order to perform advanced laboratory testing on blood and bone marrow samples.

  • Expertise in bone marrow transplantation. Mayo Clinic transplant specialists have experience in using bone marrow transplant to treat people with myelodysplastic syndrome. Mayo Clinic offers reduced-intensity (nonmyeloablative) bone marrow transplants in certain situations.
  • Recognized centers of excellence. The Myelodysplastic Syndromes Foundation recognizes each of the Mayo Clinic campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota as a Center of Excellence in diagnosing, treating and researching myelodysplastic syndromes.
  • A full range of treatment options to consider. Mayo Clinic doctors will work with you to review all of your treatment options and choose the treatment that best suits your needs and goals. The range of treatment options offered to people with myelodysplastic syndromes includes supportive care, such as blood transfusions, medications and bone marrow transplant.
  • Comprehensive cancer center. Mayo Clinic Cancer Center meets strict standards for a National Cancer Institute comprehensive cancer center, which recognizes scientific excellence and a multidisciplinary approach to cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., and Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for cancer by U.S. News & World Report.

Nov. 11, 2014