What are some of the treatment options for Myeloproliferative Disease patients?

Is a bone marrow/stem cell transplant one of the last resorts doctors would attempt? Or is that the only successful treatment?

I’ve had Myelofibrosis since 2006, but wasn’t diagnosed til this last November. My first opinion was to consider a BMT. I go for my second opinion next Monday.

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    3 Responses to What are some of the treatment options for Myeloproliferative Disease patients?

    • tiredmt says:

      Are you a younger patient? MPD is chronic,and many patients with myelofibrosis are older and are treated only with medications, blood transfusions, sometimes a splenectomy if they have an enlarged spleen. Many of the older people do not qualify for a bone marrow/stem cell transplant. BMT is the only treatment with a potential for cure

      Look on Mayo Clinic site about myelofibrosis

    • carolannw says:

      MY HUSBAND JIM WHO IS ON RUXOLITINIB IS STILL DOING WELL, ONLY PROBLEM IS HIS HEMOGLOBIN LEVELS STILL VERY LOW, TODAY 7.7, HE IS HAVING AGAIN 2 UNITS OF BLOOD AND HIS PLATLET LEVELS STILL TO HIGH. IN GENERAL THOUGH FEELING BETTER, EATING BETTER, PUTTING ON SOME WEIGHT, STILL EARLY DAYS, HE HAS BEEN ON THE MEDICATION FOR APPROX. 6 WEEKS. HE IS GOING FOR A CHECKUP NEXT WEEK, MAYBE HIS DOSAGE WILL BE ALTERED.

    • BenY says:

      I have heard RUXOLITINIB or JAKAFI is now approved in the US and could be approved in Europe this year. I hear it is working for many MF patients especially those with spleen issues. I would be very interested to hear from those with any experience. http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2011/202192lbl.pdf

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