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Lifestyle Changes to Manage Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS)

  • Amy Scholten, MPH
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Lifestyle Changes to Manage Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS)

Lifestyle changes may not directly affect the cancer, but can play an important role in overall physical and mental health. Some benefits include:

  • Help manage or lessen side effects of treatment.
  • Keep your immune system strong to aid in the fight against MDS or other illnesses.
  • Improve emotional outlook throughout diagnosis and treatment for MDS.
  • Decrease the risk of other medical problems that could complicate your health.


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  • Treatment option overview. National Cancer Institute website. Available at: https://www.cancer.gov/types/myeloproliferative/patient/myelodysplastic-treatment-pdq#section/_49. Updated October 30, 2019. Accessed December 4, 2019.


  • Mohei Abouzied, MD, FACP
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This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.