Before undergoing treatment, patients should talk with their doctor about potential side effects. Drugs and other therapies can prevent or manage many side effects.
The side effects of treatment for myelofibrosis (MF) will depend on many factors, including the type of treatment and dosage, the age of the patient and coexisting medical conditions. Therapy may induce
- Shortness of breath
- Peripheral neuropathy (tingling, burning, numbness, or pain in the hands or feet)
- Temporary loss of hair and other side effects.
Management of side effects is important. Patients should discuss any concerns about side effects with their doctor. Most side effects are temporary and resolve when treatment is completed.
To read about specific side effects of the drugs used to treat MF, visit Drug Listings.
- Managing Side Effects
- Integrative Medicine and Complementary and Alternative Therapies
- Download lists of questions to ask your doctor
- FDA drug information webpage
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