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How does interferon-alfa help treat polycythemia vera (PV)?

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Interferon-alfa (Intron A, Roferon-A) works on your immune system. It targets quickly dividing red blood cells to slow their production.

SOURCES:

Cancer Care: "Treatment Update: Polycythemia Vera."

FDA: "Aspirin for Reducing Your Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke: Know the Facts."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Polycythemia Vera."

Macmillan Cancer Support: "Interferon alpha."

Medscape: "Polycythemia Vera."

MPN Research Foundation: "What is Polycythemia Vera?"

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How is Polycythemia Vera Treated?"

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on December 26, 2017

SOURCES:

Cancer Care: "Treatment Update: Polycythemia Vera."

FDA: "Aspirin for Reducing Your Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke: Know the Facts."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Polycythemia Vera."

Macmillan Cancer Support: "Interferon alpha."

Medscape: "Polycythemia Vera."

MPN Research Foundation: "What is Polycythemia Vera?"

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How is Polycythemia Vera Treated?"

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on December 26, 2017

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What are possible side effects of interferon-alfa when used as a treatment for polycythemia vera (PV)?

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