Approximately 1.6 million new cases of cancer are expected to be diagnosed in the United States in 2013. Many patients diagnosed with cancer will eventually require support from a family caregiver. In fact, family caregivers form the foundation of the health care system in the United States, supporting advances in treatment such as multimodality treatment protocols given in outpatient and home settings.
Definition: Who Is the Caregiver?
Also referred to as informal caregivers, family...
Revised text to state that the primary therapy for polycythemia vera (p. vera) includes intermittent, chronic phlebotomy to maintain the hematocrit below 45%, and this recommendation has been confirmed in a randomized, prospective trial, which demonstrated lower rates of cardiovascular death and major thrombosis using this hematocrit target (cited Marchioli et al. as reference 10).
Added Lavrenkov et al. as reference 33.
Added Jabbour et al. as reference 41.
Added Abelsson as reference 48.
Added text to state that patients with prefibrotic primary myelofibrosis may also have a higher tendency to bleed, which can be exacerbated by low-dose aspirin (cited Finazzi et al. as reference 4).
Added text to state that in an extrapolation of the data from trials of p. vera, low-dose aspirin to prevent vascular events has been suggested, but there are no data from clinical trials to address this issue (cited Finazzi as reference 15).
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