Vitamins and supplements, meditation, massage, and acupuncture may help you manage symptoms from MDS.

Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are a group of diseases that affect the bone marrow and blood. They’re also considered a type of blood cancer. MDS treatment focuses on managing symptoms, improving blood cell levels, and slowing the progression.

Many people with MDS add complementary therapies to their treatment plans. These are not intended to replace treatments but can help with symptoms and may improve your quality of life. Be sure to check with your healthcare team before starting any complementary therapies.

If you’re thinking about adding complementary therapies to your MDS care plan, here are a few to consider.