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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 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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Dr. Robert Kwok
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