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Once your polycythemia vera is under control, you'll need to visit your doctor for regular follow-up care. He or she monitors your health and looks for signs that you may need more treatment. Medical supervision by your doctor is important to prevent or treat complications.

Your doctor will let you know how often you need physical exams and blood tests to check your blood cell counts. He or she will screen you for the development of a secondary cancer. This may include marrow tests to detect cancerous cells.

Coordination between your doctor and a myeloproliferative neoplam (MPN) specialist is important so you can get the best care possible. Some treatment centers have comprehensive follow-up care clinics for cancer survivors. To find a long-term survival clinic near you, visit The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship.

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last updated on Thursday, August 09, 2012
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