Phyllis McKiernan, MSN , OCN , APN-C, Author at Oncology Nurse Advisor

Phyllis McKiernan, MSN , OCN , APN-C

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Case 3: Iron Overload Increasingly is a Concern in Patients with Myelodysplastic Syndrome

Supportive care and symptom management traditionally have been the focus of treatment for patients with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). Recent advances in therapeutic modalities, however, have increased the lifespan of patients with MDS, who are now receiving red blood cell transfusions for their chronic anemia, resulting in iron overload. This case looks at a 71-year-old man who received a bone marrow biopsy, which found dysplasia and ringed sideroblasts but no myeloid blasts.

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