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What is the outlook for polycythemia vera?

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Polycythemia vera (PV) is a slow-growing cancer. You can go years without seeing symptoms. Your doctor can check for PV with a basic blood test, but most people with PV find out because they had the test for some other reason. There’s no cure for PV, but there are treatments. Most people with PV live a normal life when they get the care they need.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Polycythemia Vera.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Explore Polycythemia Vera.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine, The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center: “Polycythemia Vera.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine, Health Library: “Polycythemia Vera.”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on October 19, 2020

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Polycythemia Vera.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Explore Polycythemia Vera.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine, The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center: “Polycythemia Vera.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine, Health Library: “Polycythemia Vera.”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on October 19, 2020

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