POLYCYTHEMIA VERA (PV) AWARENESS COMES TO DAYTIME TV
ABC’s long-running daytime drama, General Hospital, recently teamed up with Incyte Corporation and featured a storyline focused on polycythemia vera (PV)—a rare, chronic blood cancer that few viewers probably knew much about previously.
In a series of episodes that aired in February 2017, the character Anna Devane, played by actor Finola Hughes, was diagnosed with PV. Although Anna is a fictional character, her story sheds light on a cancer that is not widely understood and underscores the real challenges faced by people affected by this disease.
WATCH AS FINOLA HUGHES TALKS ABOUT PV IN A SHORT VIDEO
VIEW GENERAL HOSPITAL EPISODES FEATURING CHARACTER ANNA DEVANE’S HEALTH CHALLENGES WITH PV
With PV, a person's bone marrow produces too many red blood cells. You may also have too many white blood cells and platelets (blood clotting cells). PV may develop slowly and remain unrecognized for years. It may be diagnosed by chance, following a routine exam by a Healthcare Professional. It is part of a group of diseases called "myeloproliferative neoplasms," or MPNs. As with other MPNs, PV is a chronic disease, meaning it will last for a long time and may never go away.
Want to learn more about PV? Read What Is Polycythemia Vera? A Beginner’s Guide for an overview of key facts about this condition.