Myelodysplastic Syndrome Outline

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Brittany Bohm Formal Outline Public Speaking Professor Himes 26 October 2009 Myelodysplastic Syndrome Topic: Myelodysplastic Syndrome Purpose: To help audience understand what Myelodysplastic Syndrome is. Thesis: Because of the lack of cure for Myelodysplastic Syndrome, my grandpa has a daily fight for his life. Introduction Expenses per month: Iron Chelation Therapy: $9,164.25 Blood Transfusions: $18,000 Antibiotic: $300 Per month that totals $33,489.25. My grandpa living for one more month…Priceless! Myelodysplastic Syndrome or MDS as I will refer to it as is a disease that very few people know much about or have ever heard about. Approximately 35,000-40,000 people in the United States have…show more content…
Patient has anemia. 5% to 19% if cells in bone marrow are blasts. Refractory Anemia with excess blasts in transformation- Too few red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Patient has anemia. 20% to 30% of cells in bone marrow are blasts. Refractory Cytopenia with Dysplasia- Too few of at least 2 types of blood cells, less than 5% of cells in bone marrow are blasts. Myelodysplastic Syndrome associated with Chromosome abnormality- Too few red blood cells and patient has anemia. Specific change in chromosomes. [Now that you know what MDS is, next I will inform you on what the possibly cause of this disease are, signs and symptoms that may occur and the diagnosis.] Causes, Symptoms, and Diagnosis MDS is idiopathetic, which is a big word that means “No cause”. I found this information out from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and Myelodysplastic Syndrome: Questions and Answers book, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. MDS is classified as either Primary or Secondary. Primary meaning the disease has no cause and secondary meaning that the disease is linked to previous treatment with…show more content…
Secondary MDS may occur to people who have had chemotherapy or a radiation treatment for other cancers. Also repeated exposure to the chemical benzene could be a possible link to MDS. Benzene is a chemical found in gasoline and paint. There are many signs and symptoms that lead up to the diagnosis of MDS. There are two very common symptoms that are linked to MDS. They are extreme shortness of breath and fatigue (weakness or feeling oddly tired.) Other indications of MDS are extremely pale skin, rare and easy bruising, nosebleeds, frequent infections, and red spots on arms and legs. A thing to remember though is that these symptoms are common for other diseases as well, or maybe you are just feeling ill for a day, so don’t jump to conclusions and scare yourself too

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