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Office and Urgent Care Closures

Effective September 10, 2023, Carroll Gardens Urgent Care is closed.

Effective September 8, 2023, Plainview radiology is closed.

The Croton-on-Hudson lab, the Mahopac lab and the Patterson lab are temporarily closed until October 31, 2023.

The Women’s Health Center lab Poughkeepsie will be temporarily closed until October 31, 2023.

The Fishkill Merritt Campus lab will be temporarily closed from September 25 – October 8, 2023.

The Jefferson Valley Campus lab will be temporarily closed on September 30 and Saturdays for the month of October (October 7, 14, 21, and 28).

Effective August 15, the pediatric and internal medicine offices at 2440 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ are closed and providers have transition to surrounding locations.

April 29, the Drive-Thru COVID-19 RNA testing locations are closed. For COVID-19 testing visit one of our Urgent care offices.


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Myeloproliferative vs. myelodysplastic

  • Myeloproliferative disorders (MPD): Diseases where bone marrow generates too many of a specific type of blood cell.
  • Myelodysplastic disorders (MDS): Groups of cancers where the blood cells in the marrow do not mature to become healthy blood cells. In certain situations, these disorders can progress into leukemia.

Understanding your risk

The most important risk factor for these disorders is prior treatment with chemotherapy as certain drugs can make patients more susceptible especially to myelodysplastic disorders.

Like other cancers, your risk depends on many variables including:

  • Prior radiation therapy
  • Smoking
  • Exposure to high doses of radiation at work or home
  • Genetic syndromes or mutations

Optum offers comprehensive cancer risk assessments and hereditary cancer genetics evaluation programs to help you identify your risk. Start our online hereditary assessment now ›

Diagnosing MPD and MDS disorders

Because these disorders are found in the blood cells, they are most often detected through normal blood examinations. Based on initial tests, your doctor will use additional exams such as:

  • Blood cell counts
  • Bone marrow tests


The most common symptoms of these disorders are due to the abnormal blood counts. Further symptoms of these disorders may include:

  • Tiredness and shortness of breath
  • Lack of color (paleness) in skin
  • Easy bruising and bleeding
  • Frequent nose bleeds or bleeding from the gums
  • Excessive blood clotting like strokes, heart attacks and deep vein thrombosis


For all of these cancers, the treatments are fairly similar. However, the exact treatment will be determined based on the severity and stage of the cancer. The most common treatments include:

  • Targeted Therapy: drugs that attack specific abnormalities within cancer cells or by directing your immune system to kill cancer cells.
  • Chemotherapy: chemicals administered in pill or IV form to kill and slow the growth of cancer cells

Learn more about our minimally-invasive robotic assisted surgery options ›

Medical care and help

To find a blood cell disease specialist near you, visit our Providers page.

Contact us if you have any questions.