Animations

Module 1: Understanding Myelodysplastic Syndromes

Understanding Myelodysplastic Syndromes
This animation provides an overview of myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), and describes the causes, risk factors, symptoms, and different types of MDS. It also explains the role of bone marrow to produce blood cells (red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets) and what happens to normal bone marrow in MDS.
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Module 2: Diagnosis of MDS

Diagnosis of MDS
This animation explains the tests that doctors use to diagnose myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), including blood cell counts, blood cell examination, and bone marrow tests. It also describes the symptoms associated with low blood cell counts, MDS overlap syndromes, classification of MDS subtypes, and scoring systems used to estimate the severity of MDS.
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Module 3: Management and Treatment of MDS

Management and Treatment of MDS
This animation explains the current treatment approaches for myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). Treatment options are grouped into 3 main types: observation, supportive care, and disease-modifying treatment. The animation also describes the goals of treatment for low-risk versus high-risk MDS, as well as clinical trials.
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Module 4: Blood and Marrow Transplantation in MDS

Blood and Marrow Transplantation in MDS
This animation provides an overview of blood and marrow transplantation (BMT) for myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). Doctors also call BMT a stem cell transplant or hematopoietic stem cell transplant. This animations explains how BMT works, who is eligible, and what to expect before, during, and after the procedure.
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Module 5: Understanding MDS-related Anemia

Understanding MDS-related Anemia
This animation provides an overview of myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) and MDS-related anemia, including the causes, common symptoms, and diagnosis. It also describes the different types of MDS, risk scores, and explains that the disease can range in its severity.
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Module 6: Managing and Treating MDS-related Anemia

Managing and Treating MDS-related Anemia
This animation explains the current management and treatment approaches for MDS-related anemia. It provides an overview of blood transfusions, medicines to increase red blood cell production, chemotherapy, future treatments, and bone marrow (stem cell) transplant. Treatment for MDS-related anemia depends on several factors including what type of MDS you have, your general health, your age, your risk score, and what you want for the future.
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This educational activity has been developed by the Myelodysplastic Syndromes Foundation, Inc. and Mechanisms in Medicine Inc.

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Acceleron Pharma, Celgene Corporation, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Novartis, and Takeda Oncology.

This website is part of the Animated Patient™ series developed by Mechanisms in Medicine Inc., to provide highly visual formats of learning for patients to improve their understanding, make informed decisions, and partner with their healthcare professionals for optimal outcomes.