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What is prognosis for myelofibrosis?

What is prognosis for myelofibrosis?

Depends: They are several phases of the disease and it depends on how much fibrosis is present in the marrow. Since this is included in the group of disorders known as myeloproliferative neoplasms, it can develop into a leukemia. Hope this was helpful. ...Read more

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I have myelofibrosis. How does the disease progress? Does your marrow just keep becoming scar tissue that can't produce blood? Is bone pain common?

I have myelofibrosis. How does the disease progress? Does your marrow just keep becoming scar tissue that can't produce blood? Is bone pain common?

Yes : (: The disorder is characterized by anemia, fatigue, bone or joint pain, and an enlarged liver and spleen. http://blog.mountsinai.org/blog/physicians-identify-successful-drug-for-myelofibrosis/. ...Read more

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Could heart palpitations be a symptom of myelofibrosis?

Could heart palpitations be a symptom of myelofibrosis?

Possibly: This would not be an early sign of this problem. As you know, this condition can cause an anemia and this could cause your heart to beat faster, but your would have to be very anemic to experience palpitations. If you are concerned get it check out by your doctor. ...Read more

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Does myelofibrosis always have noticeable symptoms?

Does myelofibrosis always have noticeable symptoms?

Not initially: Myelofibrosis is a disease of the bone marrow which causes increasing fibrosis (scarring) over time and loss of the marrow to function normally. Thus until the marrow is harmed to the degree where you develop anemia or low platelets or low white blood cells you will normally not experience any symptoms. ...Read more

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I've been diagnosed with myelofibrosis after many years looking for a cause to my poor health. Will i ever be cured? Is it a cancer, i've read both.

I've been diagnosed with myelofibrosis after many years looking for a cause to my poor health. Will i ever be cured? Is it a cancer, i've read both.

Not cancer: It is a mutation in a protein jak2 that causes scar tissue in the bonemarrow where you don't make enough red cells. There are more treatments coming but now most treatment is aimed at your symptoms . At this point there is no cure. ...Read more

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My sister is diagnostic to myelofibrosis. Which treatments would be more curable?

My sister is diagnostic to myelofibrosis. Which treatments would be more curable?

Primary myelofibrosi: Allogeneic bone marrow transplantation would be the only curative option for myelofibrosis. Other treatment like jak 2 inhibitor, immunomodulator agent, steroids, etc are only for symptom relief/ palliative therapy. ...Read more

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Do you know which cancer would cause myelofibrosis in a 57 year old woman?

Do you know which cancer would cause myelofibrosis in a 57 year old woman?

Unknown: The known forms of bone marrow cancer do not cause myelofibrosis Rather Myelofibrosis is a rare form of cancer of the bone marrow itself where the marrow is replaced by scar tissue and is not able to make healthy blood cells. It is considered to be a form of chronic leukemia and represent a group of blood disorders called myeloproliferative disorders . ...Read more

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How do you treat myelofibrosis on the 69-year-old male?

How do you treat myelofibrosis on the 69-year-old male?

Multiple options: Depending on symptoms, options include transfusions, drugs to stimulate red cell production (erythropoietin, androgens), thalidomide derivatives (lenolidomide, pomalidomide), jak2 inhibitors (jakafi), splenectomy, radiation therapy, chemotherapy (hydroxyurea) or bone marrow transplant. ...Read more

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I have myelofibrosis and complication of hardening of connective tissues. Is there a treatment for this complication ?

I have myelofibrosis and complication of hardening of connective tissues. Is there a treatment for this complication ?

Maybe.: Myelofibrosis is a unusual disease of blood and bone marrow where the marrow is replaced by what looks like scar tissue. This results in bone marrow cells moving to the liver and spleen, those organs enlarge and become hard. There is one drug, jakafi, (ruxolitinib) fda approved to shrink the spleen. There are other drugs like it in trial. Only cure is bone marrow transplant, but there are significant risks. ...Read more

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Is there a complete cure for myelofibrosis?

Is there a complete cure for myelofibrosis?

Transplant: The only potential cure for myelofibrosis is an allogeneic stem cell transplant. This requires a stem cell donor and cannot be done with the patient's own stem cells. ...Read more