Myelodysplasia and Myeloproliferative Disorder Care
When you’re a patient at Swedish, we don’t just treat your illness – we treat you. We use the most advanced treatments to create a highly personalized care plan. We also support you and your loved ones with a full range of services throughout your entire journey. The result is effective, whole-person care for your body, mind and spirit.
Why Choose Us for Myelodysplasia and Myeloproliferative Disorder Care?
At Swedish, we see the life in you. Together, let’s finish cancer – so you don’t have to miss any of life’s special moments.
What Are Myelodysplasia and Myeloproliferative Disorders?
Myelodysplasia and myeloproliferative disorders are diseases of the bone marrow and blood. In myelodysplastic diseases, there are fewer healthy white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets in the blood. In myeloproliferative diseases, too many stem cells develop, increasing the number of blood cells. The expert oncology teams at Swedish use the most effective therapies to treat patients with every type of myelodysplasia and myeloproliferative disorder and their related conditions, including:
- Essential thrombocytosis
- Polycythemia vera
Testing and Diagnostics
Diagnostic tools help our clinicians determine which therapies will work best for each patient, based on many factors like the patient’s diagnosis and particular genetic profile. Your doctors will use multiple advanced diagnostic and prognostic tools to help design your individualized treatment plan, including:
- Genetics and genomics
Personalized Treatment for Myelodysplasia and Myeloproliferative Disorders
We take a team approach, because we know this offers the best success in managing and curing blood and bone marrow disorders. Your multidisciplinary team will work with you to design an individualized care plan, from diagnosis to post-treatment support. We offer many different therapies across our Swedish locations. Depending on your condition, your personal care plan may include one or more of the following:
Systemic therapies travel through the bloodstream and affect cells in other body parts. They are used for patients whose cancer has spread to other areas of the body or if there’s a high risk of spread. Sophisticated genetic analysis allows us to target therapies to specific DNA mutations that cause cancer cells to develop and grow. Systemic therapies include:
- Clinical trials
- Molecularly targeted therapy
Radiation therapy uses high-energy radiation from a source like X-rays or photons to kill cancer cells or shrink tumors. It may be part of a treatment plan that also includes systemic therapies and/or surgery. Radiation is sometimes used to help ease a patient’s pain or discomfort. Radiation therapies include:
- Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and volumetric arc therapy (VMAT) Note: This advanced therapy is not available at all Swedish locations.
- Stereotactic radiation (SABR/SBRT) Note: This advanced therapy is not available at all Swedish locations.
- Surface-guided radiation therapy (SGRT/SIGRT) Note: This advanced therapy is not available at all Swedish locations.
- Three-dimensional conformal radiation therapy (3DCRT)
Gene sequencing is used for many types of cancer, but it is particularly important with hematologic malignancies because there are usually many different mutations that cause leukemia. Knowing which mutation is causing your cancer is a powerful tool that helps your doctor prescribe the best treatment right from the start.
Using high-tech equipment, the chromosomes and DNA in the cancer cells are studied and the specific type of abnormality that is causing the cancer is identified. Research has shown that some abnormalities respond better to certain kinds of treatment, so gene sequencing allows your doctor to create the ultimate customized treatment plan.
Find Care Close to You
We are proud to see our dedication to our patients recognized by the most well-respected programs and institutions in the United States. Several of our Swedish locations have achieved the following accreditations:
- Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) Accreditation – National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)
- Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT)
Meet the Team
At Swedish, you'll have access to a vast network of dedicated and compassionate providers who offer personalized care by focusing on treatment, prevention and health education.
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Are you looking for a clinical trial for yourself or for a patient? We’d love to help you find one!