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Polycythemia Vera Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • What other health conditions do you have? How are you treating and managing them?
  • When was your last set of lab tests?
  • Are you having any symptoms, such as chest pain, shortness of breath, joint pain, or sores?
  • How much exercise are you getting each day?
  • Do you need help quitting smoking?
  • Would you be willing to consider a clinical trial?
  • Describe your symptoms. Are you experiencing itching, fatigue, weakness, excessive sweating, fevers, headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, or stomach pain?
  • How long have you had these symptoms?
  • Did your symptoms start gradually or suddenly?
  • Are your symptoms constant or do they come and go?
  • What seems to make your symptoms better or worse?
  • Have you ever been diagnosed with a blood cell disorder?
  • How are you tolerating your medications? Are you having side effects?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • What is your main concern about a polycythemia vera diagnosis?
  • Do my symptoms mean I have polycythemia vera?
  • Could another medical condition be causing or contributing to my symptoms?
  • How do you diagnose polycythemia vera? What tests do I need?
  • How do you treat polycythemia vera?
  • How do you expect my polycythemia vera to progress?
  • What causes polycythemia vera? Is polycythemia curable?
  • What treatment plan do you recommend for me? And why?
  • What are the possible side effects of the treatment you are recommending? Are any of them long-term or permanent?
  • How often do I need follow-up appointments and tests?
  • What strategies can help prevent or relieve the side effects I'm experiencing? Do I have other medication options?
  • Are my new symptoms related to my polycythemia vera or its treatment?
  • What is the best treatment plan for me, including possible clinical trials??
  • What are the potential complications of polycythemia vera?
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Last Review Date: 2018 Dec 20
  1. Polycythemia Vera. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/polycythemia-vera/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20355855
  2. Polycythemia Vera. National Organization for Rare Diseases. https://rarediseases.org/rare-diseases/polycythemia-vera/



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