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Does having polycythemia mean that my kid has cancer?

Does having polycythemia mean that my kid has cancer?

No: In general, childhood cancers are often associated with anemia, which is a low red blood cell count. Polycythemia is the opposite, or a high red blood cell count. Polycythemia is common in newborn infants, and usually goes away on its own. If it persists or is found beyond the newborn period it should be evaluated by a pediatric hematologist, although generally for conditions other than cancer. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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What happens if polycythemia vera is diagnosed late, does that mean one is at a greater chance of developing cancer?

What happens if polycythemia vera is diagnosed late, does that mean one is at a greater chance of developing cancer?

It is a cancer: Polycythemia vera is a cancer, albeit one that is usually not very aggressive. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/polycythemia-vera/basics/definition/con-20031013 ...Read more

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Is polycythemia vera a type of cancer?

Is polycythemia vera a type of cancer?

As below: Polycythemia vera is a type of cancer of the bone marrow where your blood cells (white/red cells, platelets are produced). It is one of the chronic myeloproliferative neoplasms where there is a clonal proliferation of myeloid cells. In PV there is an elevated red blood cell mass (RCM). This can cause high Hct >= 32 in W. Also Platelet count & White blood cell count could be elevated too. ...Read more

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Is polycythemia vera cancer? Either way, please explain.

Is polycythemia vera cancer?  Either way, please explain.

Definitions: Polycythemia vera is a clonal proliferation of mutated cells. This makes it a tumor. There are by definition no benign tumors of the blood-forming as it is the nature of these cells to spread throughout the body and to go other tissues. Unlike solid cancers, "p vera" will not destroy organs by direct invasion. It is unlikely to kill until it acquires additional mutations and transforms. ...Read more

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What is polycythemia vera? Can high hemoglobin cause any cancer conditions?

What is polycythemia vera? 
Can high hemoglobin cause any cancer conditions?

PCV: PCV is a chronic neoplastic disorder of the bone marrow in which there is unregulated production of red cells leading to way too many red cells in the blood. A high hemoglobin does not cause cancer. A high hemoglobin may be the result of an underlying neoplasm as in the case of PCV. ...Read more

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Is the lifespan for blood cancer polycythemia vera short?

Is the lifespan for blood cancer polycythemia vera short?

NO: The average lifespan for someone with polycythemia is about the same as it is without polycythemia. The risk of complications of the disease can be decreased with treatment, when appropriate. This may include Aspirin to decrease the risk of blood clots, phlebotomy to decrease the red blood cell count, and/or medication to control the blood counts. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with polycythemia vera today. Is this a blood cancer? My dr. Says no but research suggests otherwise. Help please!

Diagnosed with polycythemia vera today. Is this a blood cancer? My dr. Says no but research suggests otherwise. Help please!

P Vera : P vera is now clumped under the new umbrella category of myeloproliferative neoplasms (or cancer) making it scary designation but historically it is considered a blood disorder and is usually not life threatening, risk of leukomogenesis is low and management by doing therapeutic phlebotomy is usually effective. Secondary causes can coexist and need to be ruled out. I hope it is helpful. ...Read more

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Does the myloprolifitive blood cancer- polycythemia vera cause weight loss and fatigue?

Does the myloprolifitive blood cancer- polycythemia vera cause weight loss and fatigue?

Yes,it can cause.: In addition to the prolems of thromosis from excess cellular volume , patients have general symp. Such as fatigue-in nearly 80 percent of people, generalized itching, night sweats, fever , bonepain, and weight loss. Any type of cancer whether blood related or not-like lung , breast cancer patients have symptoms have weight loss, fatigue as cels proliferate in great numers in a short period. ...Read more

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Can polycythemia in a child cause mental illness in the future?

Can polycythemia in a child cause mental illness in the future?

Possible but rare: Polycythemia, which mostly is an increase in red blood cells but can affect other blood cell lines as well, has multiple complications, mostly physical. There are rare reports almost always in adults of acute onset of psychiatric disorders such as psychosis or depression. This could be secondary to strokes, which can occur because the blood is "too thick.". ...Read more

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Are there any bad effects of polycythemia vera? I mean is there any harm to life?

Yes there are!: I am sure your doctor will tell you more about it., is you ask this question to him/her. It is a condition which can lead to many complications, so you need to be monitored and probably receive preventive treatments to prevent complications such as Blood clots(Thrombosis) and also keep your hemoglobin under 15grams, which often requires use of medication and phlebotomy (blood drawn, periodically ...Read more

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How often do young children get polycythemia?

How often do young children get polycythemia?

Rarely: Primary polycythemias, including congenital polycythemia and polycythemia vera, are rare genetic disorders where one makes too many red blood cells. Its incidence varies from 3-30:100, 000. Secondary polycythemia is a response to hypoxia, transfusion, or injection of erythropoietin. Its incidence is hard to determine, since it is often a benign, self-limited condition, especially in young children. ...Read more

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If I had polycythemia as a child is it likely that my son will also have it?

If I had polycythemia as a child is it likely that my son will also have it?

Polycythemia: Some types of polycythemia are inherited. However, if you developed polycythemia soon after birth and then it resolved, then it is less likely to be something that is inherited. Polycythemia vera is associated with certain gene defects. Mutations in the jak2 and tet2 genes are associated with polycythemia vera. ...Read more

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What does this mean? "Severe crythroid hyperplasia consistent with hematological diagnosis of polycythemia vera"

Erythroid hyperplasi: Erythroid hyperplasia is an excess of red blood cell precursors in the bone marrow. This is can be due to benign/reactive or neoplastic processes. Polycythemia vera is a primary bone marrow disease in which too many red cells (erythroid cells) are produced due to mutation in a cell line. diagnosis is made on blood findings. This is chronic disease (not same as acute leukemia) but needs treatment ...Read more

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Please explain what does severe crythroid hyperplasia consistent with hematological diagnosis of polycythemia vera mean?

Erythroid: You've got a lot of young red cells in your marrow, and you're going to get some more labs to see whether you have polycythemia vera, a sort-of-serious illness related to some of the leukemias but easier to manage. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have had polycythemia vera about 10 years. Now my blood work is reversed and low numbers. What does that mean? I am so tired

I have had polycythemia vera about 10 years. Now my blood work is reversed and low numbers. What does that mean? I am so tired

See your doctor.: The hematologist who first did the evaluation on the polycythemia would be a good reference for the subsequent anemia. Low rbc levels will cause significant fatigue due to inadequate transport of oxygen. The underlying cause may be much more serious than polycythemia -- get this checked out asap. ...Read more

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If spleen is bloated and that patient suffering from polycythemia vera what does it mean?

P. Vera & spleen: Polycythemia vera (P. vera) is a condition in which a gene mutation (JAK-2) causes uncontrolled production of red blood cells (rbc) that carry oxygen in the bloodstream. Typically, rbc production is confined to the bone marrow, but in p. vera, the spleen can be a site of rbc production, growing in size. Untreated P. vera is a serious disease, but when treated, prognosis is quite good. ...Read more

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I have had polycythemia vera for about 10 years. My blood work has reversed. Does this mean the blood marrow is spent and I am going into ppmm? Or cml

See hematologist: Reversal of blood counts, i.e. Erythrocytosis to anemia, frequently indicates progression of marrow fibrosis in polycythemia vera. If the spleen is also enlarging, this would be a concern. A hematologist can determine why the blood counts are changing and might suggest a bone marrow examination. ...Read more

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My red blood count was us 5.33 (female) my doctor is not concerned at this time. I have a aunt & uncle with polycythemia. Does this mean I have the disease?

My red blood count was us 5.33 (female)  my doctor is not concerned at this time. I have a aunt & uncle with polycythemia. Does this mean I have the disease?

JAK2V617F mutation: You may wish to discus the need for a genetic test that is generally associated with polycythemia vera. See this site for more information. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001615/. ...Read more

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I diagnosed polycythemia vera.Blood work is WBC at 14.6 neutrophils (absolute) 9.3 and immature grans (abs) at .2 what does this mean?

No surprise: Neutrophils are generally high in polycythemia vera and immature granulocytes are often present as well. This is to be expected and is a feature of your illness with which your physician is acquaitned. ...Read more

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