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Is it true that essential thrombocythemia is a form of blood cancer?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
By definition: Since the cells of the blood invade tissue, all tumors / clonal overgrowths are by definition cancers. Essential thrombocythemia can usually be kept at bay easily for decades.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

Is essential thrombocythemia a form of blood cancer? Please advise!

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
By definition: All overgrowths of blood cells and the elements that form them are by definition cancer, since blood cells by their nature travel through the body. Given this, "ET" isn't even a life-shortener on the average, and I hope your illness proves manageable if it needs to be managed at all.

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