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My husband has been batteling polycythemia vera since 1993

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My husband has been batteling polycythemia vera since 1993 and has now reached a low point. His platelet count is at 17 and he is extremely tired. I am wondering if you have tried treating this with stem cell therapy.
JA: Have you seen a doctor about this yet? What medications are you taking?
Customer: yes he has been with the same Dr. throughout illness and we have tried all the recommended treatments and the latest was Jakafi. However, that has stopped working and I don't think our Dr. is interested in stem cell therapy, but we would like to know if you have tried this
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: other then this he has lead a healthy life. The platelet count dropped from50 about two months ago to 23 and now 17.
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 month ago.

Hello, this is Dr. David. I am reviewing your question now and will be with you momentarily.

Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 month ago.

I am sorry about his polycythemia vera

stem cell therapy has not advanced far enough at this point to help patients like your husband.

some large academic centers are treating with bone marrow transplantation for polycythemia vera

but how old is your husband.

if he is older, he may be able to tolerate a bone marrow transplant.