Myelodysplastic Syndrome

When you have myelodysplastic syndrome, or MDS, you need the experience and expertise of a cancer center that is backed by cutting-edge research and that offers comprehensive care from a team of experts.

At Columbia Cancer, our highly experienced cancer care team is here to help you navigate every step of your journey.

Our Expertise at Your Service

At Columbia Cancer, our caregivers see hundreds of people with MDS each year. This is a rare, complex disease that has fewer than 15,000 people in the US diagnosed each year. So it’s even more important to choose a cancer center that has the right experts to help you.

We follow—and we’re creating—gold-standard care for myelodysplastic syndromes. You’ll have the benefit of working with doctors who may also be Columbia University researchers, in the lab and in clinical trials.

We’re backed by the power of the National Cancer Institute, which designated Columbia University as a Comprehensive Cancer Center, its highest designation.

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You’ll Receive State-of-the-Art Care

Columbia Cancer stands at the forefront of myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) care and research.

Azra Raza, MD, director of the Columbia University MDS program, has been treating MDS patients for 30 years. She is a world leader in understanding and treating this disease.

We are a designated national Center of Excellence by the Myelodysplastic Syndromes Foundation. And we are a leader in MDS clinical trials and investigational therapies.

You’ll Have Your Own Team of MDS Experts

You will have a team of MDS specialists who will design a treatment plan that is specific to your health and your personal wishes. You will feel like a valuable part of this team, because you are. And your compassionate care team at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital will treat you with the warmth and respect you deserve.

Your team will coordinate your care from treatment through survivorship. You will also have access to information and support beyond your doctors and nurses, with experts across specialties at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Irving Medical Center.

You’ll Have Access to Leading Clinical Trials

At Columbia Cancer, the discoveries made here in our labs lead to new ways to treat cancer.

Because myelodysplastic syndromes are so rare, it’s important to have access to clinical research studies only available at big cancer centers like Columbia Cancer. These research studies are testing new drugs to fight cancer and new ways of delivering therapy.

You’ll Have a Wealth of Support Resources

We created our Patient Support Services to provide you with care and support outside of traditional medical care. Through this service, you’ll have access to complementary treatments like acupuncture, resources for stress management, yoga therapy, spiritual support, support groups, and more.

Patient Support Services

Support Resources