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This edition: Understanding Polycythemia Vera or P-Vera

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In the human body, the blood flowing through our veins and arteries has to start somewhere. That somewhere is bone marrow, the soft tissue inside our larger bones. But when bone marrow is not producing properly, many troubling problems can arise ? such as the overproduction of blood cells. When that happens, a chronic disease called Polycythemia Vera can occur. Polycythemia Vera is a type chronic leukemia that can impact the white blood cells and blood platelets, and lead to risks such as blood clots or bleeding. And it may also progress to a more serious form of acute myeloid leukemia or myelofibrosis. In this program, we will examine the disease called Polycythemia Vera, look at its causes, and discover the medical advancements that make it possible for patients to have a much improved quality of life than in years past.

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