Diagnosed with polycythemia vera (PV)
Understanding your PV State of Mine
Polycythemia vera, or PV, is a rare blood cancer in which the body makes too many red blood
cells. The body may also have too many white blood cells and platelets (blood clotting cells)
in the blood, but having too many red blood cells is thought to cause many of the problems
associated with PV. PV is a chronic, progressive disease. That means it doesn’t go away and
that it may get worse over time. It’s important to understand your PV and work with your
Healthcare Professional to manage your condition.
As you work with your Healthcare Professional to understand and assess your condition, it is
helpful to know your PV State of Mine– or where you are on your journey with PV. Be aware
of your blood counts, how you feel, and how PV affects your daily life. Be sure to mention any
symptoms you have, even if you are not sure the symptoms are related to your PV. Talking
to your Healthcare Professional about your symptoms helps you both understand how PV is
affecting you and monitor how your PV is changing over time.