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Understanding Myelofibrosis

Learning About Myelofibrosis

This activity is for people who are living with myelofibrosis (MF) and their care partners, or anyone who wants to learn more about MF. The goal of this activity is to help you better understand MF and its effects.

You will learn about:

  • What MF is

  • Symptoms and complications (additional problems) that may happen with MF

  • Causes of and risk factors for MF

  • Questions you can ask your doctor and healthcare team

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What Is Myelofibrosis?

Myelofibrosis (MF) is a type of cancer that starts in your bone marrow, the tissue inside bones where most of your blood cells are made.

With MF, your bone marrow makes abnormal blood cells that don't function properly and fibers that can clump together and form scar tissue. As more scar tissue builds up, there's less room for your bone marrow to make healthy blood cells. Over time, the lack of normal blood cells can weaken your immune system and may cause symptoms and complications.

Learn about the basics of myelofibrosis and talking to your doctor and healthcare team.

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Authors and Disclosures

Clinician Reviewer

Karen Badal, MD, MPH

Senior Medical Education Director, Medscape, LLC. Karen Badal, MD, MPH, has no relevant financial relationships.


Anita A. Galdieri, PharmD, RPh

Associate Director, Content Development, Medscape, LLC. Anita A. Galdieri, PharmD, RPh, has no relevant financial relationships.


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