Myeloproliferative Disorders Treated by Leading Hematologists at Mercy

Medical Oncology at Mercy - Baltimore

The doctors at Medical Oncology and Hematology at Mercy in Baltimore, Maryland diagnose and treat blood disorders, including myeloproliferative disorders. The medical oncologists at Mercy work with each patient to determine the type of disorder as well as the treatment plan to best address the disease.

About the Condition

A myeloproliferative disorder is a group of conditions that trigger blood cells (red, white and platelets) to grow abnormally in the bone marrow. To date, there is no cause for what triggers the abnormal cell growth. Myeloproliferative disorders can develop gradually and require minimum treatment or they can develop quickly and grow into acute myeloid leukemia.  

Types of Myeloproliferative Disorders

There are various types of myeloproliferative disorders. The core types include:

  • Chronic Myelofibrosis Leukemia
  • Essential  Thrombocytosis
  • Primary Myelofibrosis
  • Polcythemia Vera

Risk Factors of Myeloproliferative Disorders:

Your chance increases in getting myeloproliferative disorders if you are exposed to the following:

  • Chemicals such as benzene or toluene
  • Electrical wiring
  • Extreme exposure to radiation (nuclear bomb)
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Symptoms & Diagnostic Process

When first diagnosed with myeloproliferative disorders, many patients do not show any signs or symptoms. A common symptom of myelofproliferative disorders in an enlargement of the spleen, with the exception of essential thromobocytosis, a type of myeloproliferative disorder. 

The hematologists at Mercy will conduct a complete physical exam, which may include the following tests:

  • Blood tests
  • Bone marrow biopsy
  • Cytogenectic anlaysis
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Treatment Options

There is no cure for most types of myeloproliferative disorders and the treatment options are different for each type of the disease. Mercy’s doctors will tailor your individual treatment plan to your specific type of myeloproliferative disorder. Your doctor may recommend treatments to improve your symptoms and to prevent any complications related to the condition. 

Depending on your type of myeloproliferative disorder, your treatment options may include:

  • Medications
  • Surgery
  • Nutrition and Dietary Supplements
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Dr. Vinod Varki is a medical oncologist and hematologist at Medical Oncology and Hematology at Mercy in Baltimore, a division of The Institute for Cancer Care at Mercy.

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