Managing MPNs

The main goals of therapy for MPNs are to prolong survival and improve the quality of life of patients.12

At this time, the only curative option for patients with MPNs is allogeneic stem cell transplant, but most patients are not candidates for this procedure.13 Most of the available therapies only treat individual clinical manifestations of MPNs without addressing the underlying disease.13

Although few medications have been globally approved for the treatment of MPNs, recent clinical trials have resulted in the approval of new modalities.  Other clinical trials are still underway to find more therapeutic options in more indications.13-15



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