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Has a doctor diagnosed you or your loved one with polycythemia vera?

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Most important questions to ask about Polycythemia Vera

Top 10 Questions about Polycythemia Vera

  1. What are the symptoms of polycythemia vera?
  2. What is polycythemia vera and what causes it?
  3. What are the possible complications of polycythemia vera?
  4. Will I need follow-up tests and visits to monitor my disease, and how often will I need them?
  5. What are my treatment options for polycythemia vera?
  6. Do I have JAK2 or other genetic mutations and what does this mean for my treatment?
  7. How will I know if my treatment plan is working well or if it needs to be changed?
  8. Why are you recommending this medication for polycythemia vera?
  9. What can I expect from my polycythemia vera medication and how long will it take to start working?
  10. What are the possible risks, benefits, side effects, and interactions of my polycythemia vera medication?
  1. What are the symptoms of polycythemia vera?
  2. Could my symptoms be caused by another medical condition?
  3. How is polycythemia vera diagnosed?
  4. Can my primary care doctor diagnose and treat polycythemia vera or will I need to see a specialist?
  5. When and how will I learn of my diagnosis?
  6. What is polycythemia vera and what causes it?
  7. What are the possible complications of polycythemia vera?
  8. Is polycythemia vera curable or will I always have it?
  9. How will polycythemia vera affect my daily life and long-term health?
  10. How will polycythemia vera affect my other medical conditions?
  11. What types of healthcare providers do I need to see and when?
  12. Are there any symptoms of polycythemia vera that should alert me to call you?
  13. Will I need follow-up tests and visits to monitor my disease, and how often will I need them?
  14. What are my treatment options for polycythemia vera?
  15. Do I have JAK2 or other genetic mutations and what does this mean for my treatment?
  16. What should I do if my symptoms get worse?
  17. What might happen if I do nothing to treat my polycythemia vera?
  18. Are there lifestyle changes I can make to improve my symptoms and support my treatment?
  19. How will I know if my treatment plan is working well or if it needs to be changed?
  20. What are my options if my treatment plan is not effective?
  21. Why are you recommending this medication for polycythemia vera?
  22. What can I expect from my polycythemia vera medication and how long will it take to start working?
  23. How and when should I take my medication and what should I do if I miss a dose?
  24. How and when should I take my medication and what should I do if I miss a dose?
  25. How long will I need to continue my polycythemia vera medication?
  26. What are the possible risks, benefits, side effects, and interactions of my polycythemia vera medication?

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Top 10 Questions about Polycythemia Vera

  1. What are the symptoms of polycythemia vera?
  2. What is polycythemia vera and what causes it?
  3. What are the possible complications of polycythemia vera?
  4. Will I need follow-up tests and visits to monitor my disease, and how often will I need them?
  5. What are my treatment options for polycythemia vera?
  6. Do I have JAK2 or other genetic mutations and what does this mean for my treatment?
  7. How will I know if my treatment plan is working well or if it needs to be changed?
  8. Why are you recommending this medication for polycythemia vera?
  9. What can I expect from my polycythemia vera medication and how long will it take to start working?
  10. What are the possible risks, benefits, side effects, and interactions of my polycythemia vera medication?

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS; Sarah Lewis, PharmD. Last Annual Review Date: Jul 6, 2016 Copyright: © Copyright 2016 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the Healthgrades User Agreement.

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