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How often will you get phlebotomy for polycythemia vera (PV)?

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You'll get this treatment once a week or month until your hematocrit goes down to around 45%. Hematocrit is the percentage of red blood cells compared with the total amount of blood. Once your red blood cell level has dropped, you’ll get phlebotomy less often.

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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