Essential thrombocythaemia (ET)
Essential thrombocythaemia (ET) is a slow-growing form of blood cancer. In ET, your body produces too many platelets (a type of blood cell).
Essential thrombocythaemia (ET) at a glance
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You may not experience any symptoms at all if you have ET, even once you’re diagnosed. Many people with ET are diagnosed after a routine blood test.
The most common tests to diagnose ET are a full blood count, tests for genetic faults and a bone marrow biopsy.
Your treatment will depend on how likely you are to develop complications, and also factors such as your age, your medical history and platelet count. This will help your healthcare team plan the best treatment option for you.
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