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What are the treatments for chronic myeloproliferative disorders?

Treatment for chronic myeloproliferative disorders depends on the type of disorder and any related symptoms. Some types are treated with chemotherapy and radiation therapy, which kill the extra blood cells. Other types are treated with a phlebotomy (a procedure which removes the blood intravenously) or red blood cell transfusion. Other treatments address the symptoms involved, like itchy skin and headaches. Surgery may be required to remove the spleen if it is swollen and painful.

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