Current Clinical Needs

Chapter
Part of the Hematologic Malignancies book series (HEMATOLOGIC)

Abstract

In the majority of the patients with myeloproliferative neoplasm-associated myelofibrosis (MPN-MF), the disease interferes with the quality of life and social activities. A great proportion of patients suffer of general symptoms, such as fatigue, constitutional symptoms, or pruritus, that reflect the biological activity of the underlying disease. The greatest impact on the patients’ well-being is offered by severe anemia and progressive splenomegaly, and the therapy of these manifestations represents a major medical needs. Some of the disease complications, such as hemorrhagic or thrombotic events and infections, need treatments that are not specific for MPN-MF. On the contrary, treatment of extramedullary nonhepatosplenic hematopoiesis, treatment of pulmonary or portal hypertension, and therapy for the accelerated phase and of blast transformation of the disease are MPN-MF-specific medical needs.

Keywords

Pulmonary Hypertension Portal Hypertension Iron Overload Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt National Comprehensive Cancer Network 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Unit of Clinical Epidemiology and Center for the Study of MyelofibrosisIRCCS Policlinico S. Matteo FoundationPaviaItaly

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