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Essential thrombocythaemia treated with recombinant interferon: ‘real world' United Kingdom referral centre experience

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Joana Desterro, Donal P. McLornan, Natalia Curto Garcia, Jennifer O'Sullivan, Samah Alimam, Clodagh Keohane, Claire Woodley, Yvonne Francis, Shahram Kordasti, Deepti H. Radia, Claire N. Harrison

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)561-564
Number of pages4
JournalBritish Journal of Haematology
Issue number4
Early online date15 May 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 15 May 2019

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Standard first-line therapy choice for essential thrombocythaemia (ET) requiring cytoreduction, supported by randomized trials, is low-dose aspirin with hydroxycarbamide, but the role of recombinant interferon-alfa (IFNα)-2a/2b and pegylated (PEG)-IFN-α-2a/2b is increasingly highlighted. Longer-term outcome data, however, remains somewhat scarce, particularly in the ‘real world'. We hereby report on a large, well-annotated cohort of ET patients from a single referral centre undergoing therapy with either IFNα or (PEG)-IFN-α-2a/2b and demonstrate high rates of complete haematological responses, good tolerability and safety, low rates of thromboembolic events in compliant patients and confirm feasibility of long-term therapy in a significant proportion of patients.

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