Options. That's all Richard Ware wanted when he wasdiagnosed with myelodysplasticsyndrome (MDS), a form of leukemia, in July 2013.Unfortunately, the doctors he saw in his hometown gave him onlyone."In my first consultation, I felt very rushed into a certaintype of treatment program," Richard says. "As I asked questions about how thetreatment would affect me, I felt very pressured into this one form oftreatment." When Richard asked about alternative forms of MDS treatment,he was told there weren't any.He refused to believe that, so he began researching on hisown and learned about MD Anderson.Choosing MD Andersonfor MDS treatment
"I reached out to MD Anderson and was very surprised at howquickly the doctors in the leukemiadepartment got back to me," Richard says.He recalls how important he felt when the doctors reallytook an interest into what he wanted. He flew down to Houston for a consultation and instantly felt at home. "The most important thing in my life is my family, and MDAnderson takes a family approach to the healing process," he says. "They helpedme understand what I was going through and gave me the tools to overcome it,which allowed me to get my life back as soon as possible." In the end, Richard chose MD Anderson because the doctors hespoke with offered him the most-advanced MDS treatment options, includingnumerous clinicaltrials, many of which aren't available elsewhere.
And, as a result of groundbreakingresearch and cutting-edge technologies being used and developed as part of MDAnderson's MoonShots Program, which seeks to dramatically reduce cancer deaths, hebelieves MD Anderson offers better ways of treating others like him, and maybeone day, curing MDS.Watch Richard Ware talkabout the difference has MD Anderson made in his life: Myelodysplasticsyndrome is one of the cancers MD Anderson is focusing on as part of our MoonShots Program to dramatically reduce cancer deaths. Learn more about ourAML/MDS Moon Shot.