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How does myelofibrosis (MF) affect your blood cells?

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You have three types of blood cells. They travel from your marrow to the rest of your body. Each has a special job to do, but if myelofibrosis (MF) slows production, that can’t happen. 

Red blood cells bring oxygen to your organs and tissues like muscles. If you have too few (a condition called anemia), you might feel weak, short of breath, lightheaded, or really tired. You might have bone pain.

White blood cells help you fight off infections. If you have too many, your body can’t defend you from illness like it’s supposed to.

Platelets make your blood clot when you get a cut so you can form a scab and heal. Without enough working platelets, it may be hard for you to stop bleeding.

SOURCES:

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society: “Myelofibrosis.”

Myeloproliferative Research Foundation: “Primary Myelofibrosis.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Primary Myelofibrosis.”

American Cancer Society: “Find Support & Treatment.”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on October 30, 2020

SOURCES:

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society: “Myelofibrosis.”

Myeloproliferative Research Foundation: “Primary Myelofibrosis.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Primary Myelofibrosis.”

American Cancer Society: “Find Support & Treatment.”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on October 30, 2020

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