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How are myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative diseases staged?

Myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative diseases are generally not staged. Normally cancer stages are used to define the size of the primary tumor and the extent of spread to lymph nodes or other organs.  Myelodysplastic/meloproliferative diseases are not officially staged since this is a disease of the bone marrow. The doctor looks at other factors including the patient's blood count, appearance of the bone marrow, the patient's age, and certain chromosome changes.

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