Myeloproliferative Neoplasms (MPNs)

Myeloproliferative Neoplasms (MPNs)

Patient Stories & MPN Specialist Interviews

Myeloproliferative neoplasms, also referred to commonly as “MPNs,” comprise a group of diseases caused by the bone marrow overproducing red blood cells, white blood cells, or platelets.

Three of the most common types of MPNs are essential thrombocythemia (ET), polycythemia vera (PV), and myelofibrosis (MF).

Explore below to read and watch in-depth MPN patient stories and get access to top MPN specialists, who detail the latest on emerging MPN treatments and clinical trials.

Patient Stories

Myelofibrosis patient stories

Mary L.

Diagnosis: Myelofibrosis (MPN)
1st Symptoms: Fatigue, extreme dizziness (later diagnosed as vertigo)
Treatment: Pegasys, hydroxyurea (current)

MPNs Specialist Conversations

Srdan Verstovsek, MD, PhD

Role: Director, Clinical Research Center for MPNs at MD Anderson; Section Chief, MPNs; Prof., Dept. of Leukemia
Focus: Myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN)
Institution: MD Anderson

Ruben Mesa, MD

Role: Executive Director, Mays Cancer Center; Prof. of Medicine
Focus: Myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN)
Institution: UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson

Myeloproliferative Neoplasm FAQs

Polycythemia Vera Symptoms & Causes

Learn about the symptoms & causes behind polycythemia vera. This includes impacts of the JAK2 mutation and potential complications.


Essential Thrombocythemia Overview

Essential thrombocythemia (ET) is a rare form of blood cancer. Learn more about the ET and FAQs about the disease.


Polycythemia Vera Overview

Polycythemia Vera (PV) is a rare, chronic blood disorder. Learn more about PV and frequently asked questions about the disease.


Overview of MPN Treatments

There are a wide variety of myeloproliferative disorders treatments available to help treat the various symptoms of different MPNs.

What Are Myeloproliferative Neoplasms (MPN)?

Learn the basics of what myeloproliferative neoplasms or MPNs are, who's at highest risk, the cause of MPNs, and more.
Explore myelofibrosis

Myelofibrosis is a rare cancer of the bone marrow. Learn more about myleofibrosis symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and more.

Polycythemia Vera
Explore polycythemia vera

Polycythemia vera (PV) is a rare, chronic blood disorder. Learn more about polycythemia vera symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and more.

Essential Thrombocythemia

Explore essential thrombocythemia

Essential thrombocythemia (ET) is a rare form of blood cancer in which the bone marrow overproduces platelets. Learn more about essential thrombocythemia symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and more.