NCCN Quick Guide™ | Myeloproliferative Neoplasms

2 of 2 NCCN QUICK GUIDE tm Myeloproliferative Neoplasms, 2018 PAT-N-0995-0717 What are the options for polycythemia vera? „„ The goals of treatment are to prevent serious health conditions and relieve symptoms. 33 „„ To prevent blood clots, you may receive blood thinners or medicines for high blood pressure and diabetes. You may also receive help for healthy living. 34 „„ You may receive aspirin to relieve symptoms. 35 „„ You may receive blood draws to reduce the thickness of your blood. 36 „„ You may receive medicine that lowers the number of blood cells. 37 What are the options for myelfibrosis? „„ The goals of treatment are to relieve symptoms, improve blood counts, and reduce the chance of MPN becoming AML ( a cute m yeloid l eukemia). 44 „„ If no symptoms are present, a “watch and wait” approach may be started. 44 „„ Ask your doctor if there’s a clinical trial that’s right for you. 44 „„ You may receive ruxolitinib that stops certain signals for MPN cells to grow. 46 „„ You may receive medicine that lowers the number of blood cells. 46 „„ You may receive a transplant of blood stem cells from a donor. 48 „„ You may receive treatment to improve your quality of life. 50 What are some tips for deciding treatment? Ask your doctors many questions. Also, you can get a second opinion, attend support groups, and compare pros and cons. 55 NCCN Guidelines for Patients ® Page Number Ü - for Clinicians | - for Patients DONATENOW The NCCN QUICK GUIDE tm series and NCCN Guidelines for Patients ® are supported by charitable donations made to the NCCN Foundation ® . For more details and the full library of patient and caregiver resources, visit