MDS UK

Useful Links


 

Blood and Bone marrow transplantation

The essential handbook for patients considering or preparing for a bone
marrow transplant – or stem cell transplant – Seven Steps – written by Michelle Kenyon, the post-transplant nurse specialist at King’s College Hospital.

Next-7-steps-long-term-recovery-after-stem-cell-transplant

This is the follow-up handbook – for long term recovery after a stem cell transplant.
Download from the LLR site – or order your paper copy from them.


 

The Iron Files

This is a website regarding Iron Overload. It contains information for highly transfused MDS UK patients at risk of iron overload. This website has been developed with help of specialist nurses. There are general sections on MDS, but also some specific sections around blood transfusions and iron overload/iron toxicity.


 

MDS Transplant blogs

Very useful if you want to know what happens in detail when you have a stem cell transplant.
Including what to pack, what to potentially expect.
Do remember that every patient is different though – so your experience may differ a little from theirs.

Bone Marrow Transplant blog – from one patient’s experience and perspective

http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/jaynesnell

http://chrisspencer416.blogspot.co.uk

All 3 quite different in style – but all helpful and well written.
Thanks to all 3 individuals for maintaining the sites and for carrying on writing.


 

Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research

Leukaemia Research is the only charity in the UK dedicated exclusively to researching blood cancers and disorders including leukaemia, Hodgkin’s and other lymphomas, and myeloma.


 

Leukaemia CARE

Leukaemia CARE exists to provide vital care and support to all those whose lives have been affected by leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and the allied blood disorders. Our work extends to the welfare of families and carers, as well as that of patients themselves. Quite simply…’supporting a quality of life for all’


Deletebloodcancerpic 

http://www.deletebloodcancer.org.uk/

This is the other bone marrow registry operating in the UK and abroad.
They take donors aged between 18 and 55.
Pre-registration is possible from the age of 17.


 

Macmillan Cancer Support

Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer. They provide practical, medical, emotional and financial support and campaign for better cancer care.
They also provide an excellent confidential Benefits Helpline, should you need financial assistance with dealing with your MDS.


 

British Bone Marrow Registry

You could help save lives by registering with the British Bone Marrow Registry. BMR is a division of the National Blood Transfusion Service working in co-operation with other UK bone marrow / blood donor registries and the NHS Cord Blood Bank. Stem cell donations from cord blood can be made at specialist hospitals within the NHS. More information at www.nhscordblood.co.uk.


 

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

NICE is an independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance on promoting good health and preventing and treating ill health.  They are responsible for checking the cost-effectiveness of drugs for the NHS.


 

The Anthony Nolan Trust

You may be the unique match for a patient with terminal leukaemia. Sharing your immune system could save their life.


robinroberts 

Public figures with MDS
Astrophysicist Carl Sagan, writers Susan Sontag and Nora Ephron, writer Roald Dahl, actor Larry Hagman – and Good Morning America host Robin Roberts, amongst the wider known ones.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myelodysplastic_syndrome#Famous_patients


 

MDS Beacon

Another fantastic source of reliable information about many aspects of MDS as well as latest research results of trials.  Different patient and physician columns.
Highly useful.


     

Counselling Directory

If you are looking for a counselor or a therapist to help you cope better with the diagnosis of MDS – or any other aspect of living with a life-threatening condition. Talking through issues with a professional counselor can be very helpful. This is a directory of private counselors and therapists that may help you or someone in your family. If you are seeking such help, always check with your hospital first – as they may offer counseling free of charge. Do make sure to ask whether the person has experience of dealing with cancer issues.
If you have used this counseling directory, please let us know if you found it helpful. We are listing this website for a trial period.