If you have a myeloproliferative neoplasm (MPN), Rush can help. We welcome patients seeking treatment or a second opinion after any of the following diagnoses:
- Polycythemia vera
- Essential thrombocythemia
What Your Diagnosis Means
All myeloproliferative neoplasms involve having too many blood cells. But each diagnosis means something different:
- Polycythemia vera means you have too many red blood cells. You might also have too many white blood cells or platelets (a kind of cell that helps your blood to clot).
- Essential thrombocythemia means your blood has too many platelets.
- Myelofibrosis means you have abnormal blood cells that grow too quickly and take over your bone marrow (a spongy material inside your bones that produces cells). This causes scar tissue to grow in your bone marrow and stops it from working normally.
Expertise Devoted to You
These rare disorders are closely related. In fact, sometimes essential thrombocythemia and polycythemia vera can cause myelofibrosis. It takes an experienced specialist to properly diagnose and treat them.
At Rush, Jamile Shammo, MD, focuses exclusively on rare blood and bone marrow disorders. She leads a team of experts who meet every two weeks to discuss new patients' diagnoses and treatment plans.
Before your appointment, the team at Rush will meet to talk about your care. They will look at any blood or bone marrow tests you have had and discuss the treatments most likely to work for you.
Depending on your condition, you might need one or more of the following:
After you arrive, Jamile Shammo, MD, will examine you, explain your options and work with you to create a treatment plan that meets your needs. If you wish, the team at Rush will be happy to work with your regular hematologist to carry out your treatment.
Rush welcomes patients seeking second opinions. If you have been diagnosed with an MPN, you may want to get a second opinion to make sure that the diagnosis is accurate and that your treatment plan is the best one for you.
Doctors at Rush are conducting research on new treatments for MPN. Through clinical trials, they can offer some patients medications that are not widely available otherwise.
Jamile Shammo, MD
Jerome M. Lowe, MD
Brett M. Mahon, MD
Ira J. Miller, MD
Wei-Tong Hsu, MD
Amy Rizman, PA
Consultants in Hematology
1725 W. Harrison St.
Chicago, IL 60612
To make an appointment, please call (888) 352-RUSH (7874).