Thursday, July 14, 2005

Michael Brecker seriously ill

Very sad news from Michael

"Very sadly, Michael is seriously ill with the blood disorder myelodysplasia for which he is currently undergoing treatment. All concerts have either been cancelled or postponed for approximately one year. Thanks for your positive vibes, and should you be so inclined, get well wishes can be sent to"


About Myelodysplasia from St.
Disease Information

Leukemias / Lymphomas: Myelodysplasia (MDS)

Alternative Names: MDS


Myelodysplasia (MDS) refers to a group of disorders in which the bone marrow does not function normally and produces insufficient number of normal blood cells.

MDS affects the production of any, and occasionally all, types of blood cells including red blood cells, platelets, and white blood cells (cytopenias).

About 50 percent of pediatric myelodysplasia can be classified in five types of MDS: refractory anemia, refractory anemia with ring sideroblasts, refractory anemia with excess blasts, refractory anemia with excess blasts in transformation, and chronic myelomonocytic leukemia.

The remaining 50 percent typically present with isolated or combined cytopenias such as anemia, leucopenia and/or thrombocytopenia (low platelet count). Although chronic, MDS progresses to become acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in about 30 percent of patients.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very sad about Michael and thanks for any updates.

Must say, Joe, that you are right on in your commentary re Sonny Rollins, Nneena Freelon (do not dig her).

12:07 PM  

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