"We now have treatments that are effective in changing the natural history of the disease and decreasing the likelihood of it turning into leukemia and prolonging surviving with it." Baer said.

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Bone marrow donation



Be The Match (marrow.org) recently said more than 12,000 people joined the donation registry in the two weeks after television host Robin Roberts announced she had MDS.

Local marrow registries:

Johns Hopkins Hospital, Hematopoietic & Therapeutic Support Services, 410-955-7195

National Marrow Donor Program Northeast District, Columbia, 443-472-1446

NIH Marrow Donor Center, Rockville, cc.nih.gov/dtm

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