June 15, 2016

Educational forum for myelodysplastic syndromes patients and families set for June 25

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harry erbaHarry Erba, M.D., Ph.D., professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham Division of Hematology and Oncology and director of Hematological Malignancies, will be the featured speaker at the MDS Patient and Family Forum on Saturday, June 25, from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at the UAB Alumni House, 1301 10th Ave. South. The workshop is for patients, survivors and caregivers who are affected by myelodysplastic syndromes.

MDS is a group of diverse bone marrow disorders in which the bone marrow does not produce enough healthy blood cells. MDS is often referred to as a “bone marrow failure disorder” and is primarily a disease of the elderly, age 65 and older, but can affect younger patients as well.

Erba, associate director for clinical research at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, and other experts will provide patients and caregivers with information regarding the most up-to-date treatment options, clinical studies, and the tools to productively communicate with their health care providers and advocate for themselves.

The event is hosted by the MDS Foundation. Advance registration is required. To register, please visit the MDS Foundation website or call Janice Butchko at 800-637-0839, ext. 208.