Lifestyle Changes to Manage Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS)
- Strengthening your body so that you can withstand some of the rigors of treatment
- Optimizing the function of your immune system to aid in the fight against cancer
- Improving your emotional outlook, so you can enjoy life to the fullest, even during treatment for MDS
- Making healthful choices that will help you avoid other medical problems that could complicate your health
Manage Decreasing Vitality
- Following a nutritious diet
- Participating in a reasonable level of exercise
- Resting when tired
- Promoting overall fitness
- Boosting your energy level
- Improving your immune system functioning
- Bolstering your spirits and improving your emotional outlook
Reduce Your Risk of Infection
- Try to avoid crowds, especially during cold and flu season.
- Ask your doctor about immunization against the flu and pneumonia .
- Wash your hands thoroughly and often. Hand washing is the most effective method of decreasing the chance of catching colds and flu. You may wish to carry hand sanitizer with you for occasions when washing is not convenient.
- Cleanse cuts and scrapes thoroughly.
- Use topical antiseptic.
- Apply sterile dressings.
- Tell your doctor about any infection that is worsening.
Manage Increased Bleeding Tendency
- Religious community
- Support groups for people with your type of cancer
- Professional support (social workers, psychologists, and/or psychiatrists who are trained to help support cancer patients and their families)
When to Contact Your Doctor
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- Reviewer: Mohei Abouzied, MD, FACP
- Review Date: 12/2013 -
- Update Date: 01/13/2014 -
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