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Chronic Myeloproliferative Disorders

Overview

A group of blood cancers where excessive numbers of blood cells are made by overactive or cancerous bone marrow. The number of excess blood cells tends to grow slowly. Examples of such disorders includes chronic myelogenous leukemia, polycythemia vera and essential thrombocythemia. The symptoms are determined by which particular blood cancer is involved.

Symptoms - Chronic Myeloproliferative Disorders

* High red blood cell count * High white blood cell count * High platelet count * Pain in left side below ribs * Fullness in left side below ribs * Early feeling of fullness while eating * Tiredness * Shortness of breath * Weight loss * Night sweats * Fever * Petechiae * Easy bruising * Bleeding * Headache * Burning hands * Burning feet * Tingling hands * Tingling feet * Redness in hands * Redness in feet * Unusually warm hands * Unusually warm feet * Vision problems * Hearing problems * Cough * Swelling around eyes * Swelling around lips * Throat swelling * Hand swelling * Foot swelling * Muscle pain * Itching * Diarrhea * Enlarged spleen * Anemia * Bone pain

Causes - Chronic Myeloproliferative Disorders

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Prevention - Chronic Myeloproliferative Disorders

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Diagnosis - Chronic Myeloproliferative Disorders

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Prognosis - Chronic Myeloproliferative Disorders

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Treatment - Chronic Myeloproliferative Disorders

Ten types of standard treatment are used: * Watchful waiting * Phlebotomy * Platelet apheresis * Transfusion therapy * Chemotherapy * Radiation therapy * Other drug therapy * Surgery * Biologic therapy * High-dose chemotherapy with stem cell transplant

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