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Karmanos doctor participates in Patient, Family Forum put on by Myelodysplastic Syndromes group

Abhinav Deol, M.D., member of the Malignant Hematology Multidisciplinary Team at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center and assistant professor in the Department of Oncology at the Wayne State University School of Medicine, will be a featured presenter at the Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS) Foundation Patient and Family Forum from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, June 15 at Karmanos’ midtown Detroit campus, 4100 John R.  The event will be held in the fourth floor board room.

Myelodysplastic Syndromes, formerly known as pre-leukemia, is the name of a group of conditions that occur when the blood-forming cells in the bone marrow are damaged. This damage leads to low numbers of one or more types of blood cells. MDS can turn into a fast-growing cancer of bone marrow cells called acute myeloid leukemia. This happens in about one out of three people with MDS, according to the American Cancer Society.

Emily Knight, RN, BSN, OCN of the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., will be a fellow presenter.

Features activities include a discussion on new therapies and patient treatment options; patient support group open discussions; quick tips for patients and caregivers; and information about MDS Foundation’s Building Blocks of Hope, a global print and online patient advocacy initiative, which provides a personalized educational program for the patient and caregiver to prepare, participate and live with MDS.

For more information and to register, please contact Deborah Murray at 1-800-637-0839 or For more information about Karmanos, call 1-800-KARMANOS (-1800-527-6266) or visit

The MDS Foundation is based in Yardville, N.J. and was established by an international group of physicians and researchers to provide an ongoing exchange of information about MDS to physicians, nurses, pharmacists and patients.

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