I am a recent 70 year old polycythemia "diagnosee",52% hematocrit, learning the ropes.I'm gathering information on Hydrea or interferon or maybe just phlebotomy. Success figures for phlebotomy alone don't look promising, niether does a prolonged period of interferon injections look "inviting". I may be able to participate in a hydrea/interferon study. Any suggestions to bring up to the doc?
Hi Dave108, I (M/62) was diagnosed with PV 3 years ago. When it looked like Thp alone would not solve the problem, my Hemetologist shifted me to Hydroxyurea. I get my hematocrit reading every month and based on the above the dosage of Hydroxyurea is titrated. The problem with higher dosage of Hydroxyurea is that the WBC count and platelet count need to be also closely monitored and a balancing act is inevitable. My Hemetologist is not comfortable with me on Interferon as I have had a DVT. You can discuss this with your Hemetologist and go by his recommendation. Whatever be the treatment suggested, keep yourself well hydrated.
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