Coronavirus and cancer

We know it’s a worrying time for people with cancer, we have information to help. If you have symptoms of cancer contact your doctor.

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Polycythaemia vera (PV)

Polycythaemia vera (PV) is a rare blood cancer that affects the bone marrow. It is also called erythrocytosis which means too many red blood cells.

What is polycythaemia vera?

Find out about polycythaemia vera, including risks and causes and possible symptoms.

Tests and treatment for polycythaemia vera

The first test to diagnose PV is usually a blood test. Read about the tests to diagnose and the treatment you might have. 

Research and coping with polycythaemia vera

Find information on research into polycythaemia vera and read about organisations and resources that can help you cope. 

Last reviewed: 
11 May 2020
Next review due: 
11 May 2023

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