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Help please! is essential thrombocytosis a blood cancer?

Help please! is essential thrombocytosis a blood cancer?

It is a neoplasm: Essential thrombocythemia (et) is part of group of myeloproliferative neoplasm (mpn) - is a clonal disorder. Mpns are predisposed to clonal evolution and disease transformation to myelodysplasia and/or acute leukemia. The propensity to transform into acute myeloid leukemia differs among the subgroups- being the highest for cml- greater than 90% if left untreated and et being the least - about 5%. ...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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I am 52, have essential thrombocytosis, blood platelets over a million. I need a hysterectomy because of large fibroids. What are nonsurgical optiions?

I am 52, have essential thrombocytosis, blood platelets over a million. I need a hysterectomy because of large fibroids. What are nonsurgical optiions?

UFE: Uterine fibroid embolization (ufe) is an excellent non-surgical option for treatment of symptomatic fibroids. It is often performed as outpatient and allows women to keep their uterus. This would be much safer than surgery but should be coordinated with an experienced interventional radiologist (ir) and hematologist. There is a transient hypercoagubility with ufe and this needs to be accounted for. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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What to do about essential thrombocytosis!!!!! please help!?

What to do about essential thrombocytosis!!!!! please help!?

Educate yourself: If you're actually 32 years old, you're a little young for this diagnosis. Did you get genetic studies? You'll need to learn everything you can about it. Often the best treatment for bona fide essential thrombocythemia is to do nothing. There are medications that are helpful depending on your counts and whether it's giving you any problems. Your life expectancy isn't shortened by it. Keep learning ...Read more

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Is there an alternative treatment for essential thrombocytosis?

Is there an alternative treatment for essential thrombocytosis?

Thrombocytosis: You really need to work with your hematologist--depending how high platelets, genetic factors, your bone marrow tretment low dose aspirin, hydroxyurea, anagrelide--also weght loss, stopping smoking, hydration--the fear is blood clots. ...Read more

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Can birth control be used if a person has essential thrombocytosis?

Can birth control be used if a person has essential thrombocytosis?

Yes!: With essential thrombocytosis, as well as any other condition that increases the likelihood of a blood clot, there is a concern that estrogen in a contraceptive methods will increase risk of clots even more. In these cases, methods without estrogen, like progesterone-only birth control pills ("the mini pill"), progesterone-releasing or copper iuds, depo-provera, and condoms are all good options. ...Read more

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How long can a patient take hydroxyurea for primary essential thrombocytosis?

How long can a patient take hydroxyurea for primary essential thrombocytosis?

As long as it works: This medication has been studied for a long time. There has been no reported cases of secondary cancers directly related to hydrea (hydroxyurea). It just needs to be monitored, as you know. Hope this helps. ...Read more