Polycythaemia vera (PV)
Polycythaemia vera (PV) prognosis
After you’ve been diagnosed with PV, you may want to know more about your prognosis – what's likely to happen in the future.
As PV is generally diagnosed in later life, there’s a very good chance that people who are diagnosed with it will have a normal lifespan and a good quality of life if the condition is carefully monitored and treated as needed.
Around 5% of people with PV go on to develop another type of blood cancer. This may include progressing to myelofibrosis, where the bone marrow becomes scarred and less able to produce blood cells, or to acute myeloid leukaemia.
Ask your healthcare team about your prognosis
We have general information about things that might affect your prognosis, but everyone is different. If you want to know about your individual prognosis, your healthcare team are the best people to ask. They know you and your individual situation.
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