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Doctor insights on: Polycythemia Vera Treatment Diet

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Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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I am being tested for polycythemia vera. Doc thinks I have it. If I do have it and since I didn't start treatment yet, can I still get a nose job?

I am being tested for polycythemia vera. Doc thinks I have it. If I do have it and since I didn't start treatment yet, can I still get a nose job?

You should not.: P. Vera can cause abnormal blood clots to form and this can lead to a risk of pulmonary embolism while you are having surgery. You should not proceed with elective cosmetic surgery until the condition has been ruled out. ...Read more

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When would a doctor suggest myelosuppressive therapy as a treatment for polycythemia vera?

Not often: Polycythemia vera is caussed by multiple factors. Typicall the treatment is theraputic phlebotomy but if you had any condition that would be negatively affected by the plebotomy or physician preference you might have this done. Consider the cuase of the condition also would affect the treatment. ...Read more

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What treatments exist for polycythemia vera?

What treatments exist for polycythemia vera?

A Few: Polycythemia vera is the overproduction of red blood cells by the bone marrow. Complications result from formation of blood clots due to the increased thickness of the blood. Therefore, this is where treatment of the disorder is aimed.

Blood can be drawn at intervals (phlebotomy) to decrease its thickness, and some patients are given Aspirin to reduce the risk of blood clots. ...Read more

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My mom got a blood disease called polycythemia vera. May I know the price for interferon-alpha which can be used to cure this disease. Also, could you recommend me some brand of this medicine?

My mom got a blood disease called polycythemia vera. May I know the price for interferon-alpha which can be used to cure this disease. Also, could you recommend me some brand of this medicine?

She needs a speciali: A good specialist is what she needs first. You should seek the advice of a hematologist who works in a major cancer center. P. Vera has some new treatments(jak2 inhibitors) which are in clinical trials. Interferon(has some activity and can be beneficial but it is an older treatment which has many serious side effects and it is very expensive. Too alpha-2b) also called introna) ask for this bran. ...Read more

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Being treated for polycythemia vera with phlebotomies. How does taking blood approximately every six weeks treat this condition? I don't understand.

Being treated for polycythemia vera with phlebotomies. How does taking blood approximately every six weeks treat this condition? I don't understand.

Decr risk clotting: Keeping the hematocrit in a normal range (hct <45% in men & 42% in women) can decrease the risk of thrombosis (blood clots) in polycythemia vera (pv). Phlebotomies can reduce the hct. For patients at high risk for thrombosis (age >60 or hisotry of thrombosis) phlebotomy can be combined with Hydroxyurea to lower hct. Keeping WBC in the normal range may also be important. ...Read more

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My mom has polycythemia vera. What precautions, can I take to ensure that I won't get the same in a few years, when I reach the age she was when...?

Annual physical : P vera is not considered an inherited disease-meaning that there are no genes that cause the disease that are passed on from parent to child. It is probably related to aging, and it is not necessarily a terminal diagnosis, but some cases are more severe and require more treatment than others. Annual physicals that include complete blood counts will usually pick up an increase in red cells. ...Read more

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How can you treat polycythemia vera?

How can you treat polycythemia vera?

Depends: It can be a primary problem treated with removal of blood (thereby reducing iron) or it may be due to extrinsic factors (high altitude, smoking, carbon monoxide poisoning, etc) in which case avoiding the factor may be the treatment. ...Read more

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I've got polycythemia vera. Now what?

I've got polycythemia vera. Now what?

Polycythemia vera: Phlebotomy (blood removal) will be needed to maintain your blood at certain level to prevent stroke or blood clot. In addition, Aspirin is recommended if there is no risk of bleeding or other contraindication. For patients with high risk to develop stroke/clot (age>60 or prior history of clot)- medication called-hydroxy-urea- is also recommended. Discuss with your hematologist. ...Read more

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What do you recommend for polycythemia vera?

What do you recommend for polycythemia vera?

Maybe blood draw: Depends on how high the blood count and whether symptoms are present. Also, if pcv is caused by something (secondary polycythemia), that cause needs to be addressed. Smoking, sleep apnea, hemochromatosis are common causes of secondary pcv. If primary and symptoms exist the main treatment is phlebotomy — drawing blood off regularly to decrease the hemoglobin. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: polycythemia vera?

PCRV is a : Myeloproliferative disease associated with too many red blood cells. Polycythemia -- too many cells -- ruba -- red -- vera -- true. ...Read more

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Are there certain foods that should be avoided when you have polycythemia vera?

Iron rich: Iron rich foods may help if avoided but is symptomatic treatment is advisable. ...Read more

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Tell me differences between polycythemia, polycythemia rubra vera and polycythemia vera?

Polycythemia: Polycythemia rubra vera and polycythemia vera are the same thing — a myeloproliferative disorder which causes production of too many red cells (and usually white cells and platelets also). Polycythemia or erythrocytosis just means someone has too many red cells, whether due to prv, high altitude, sleep apnea, emphysema, certain cancers, or certain congenital abnormalities of red cell production. ...Read more

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To follow up on previous question, i just don't understand how I could have polycythemia vera with my age/sex. What exactly is polycythemia vera?

Polycythemia: Ruba vera or too many cells of the red blood in latin is an acquired, not genetic, disease in the myeloproliferative category. That means the body regulation of blood cell production is off, and in your case you make too many rbcs. Rare at 29 but not impossible. Stay on the plan with your hematologist -- easily and successfully treated. ...Read more

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How do you prevent polycythemia vera?

How do you prevent polycythemia vera?

No prevention: True polycythemia vera cannot be prevented. The bone marrow decides to produce more red blood cells. This is not affected by diet or lifestyle. Secondary polycythemia is caused by smoking, dehydration or high altitude. ...Read more

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Would polycythemia vera cause a low rdw?

Not that I know of.: The big changes of this are elevated rbc count, hemoglobin, hematocrit, and decreased ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate). The elevations come without decrease in volume, and can be up to 70-80% for hematocrit, and 8-9 million rbc count. Changes in RDW may be from so many rbc's in the system, but even if they do occur, do not apparently have effect on prognosis or relevance to the cause of this. ...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.

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

Dr. Angelica Balingit
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Polycythemia Vera (Definition)

Myeloproliferative disease associated with too many red blood cells. Polycythemia -- too many cells -- ruba -- red ...Read more