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Study finds polycythemia vera therapies underused

Researchers reported in the journal Blood Advances that therapeutic phlebotomy and hydroxyurea are underutilized as treatments for elderly patients with polycythemia vera, despite being linked with reduced risk for thrombosis and improved overall survival. The retrospective study was based on data for 820 patients with a median age of 77 in the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results-Medicare database.

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