Essential thrombocytosis with MPL mutation
I’m 83 and in pretty good health. I first noticed my blood platelets were around 450 about 3. years ago. Doctor said nothing serious. Over the last 3 years it has slowly risen. Last April hit 588. So it was recommended to see hematologist. I let it go for a few months. Finally went on 10/21. Blood sample showed it was 612. And samples sent to Mayo came back with diagnosis of essential thrombocytosis with MPL mutation. I took my first hydroxyurea pill last night and scheduled for bone marrow biopsy on 12/1. I’m very hesitant about taking the pill because of its side effects but doctor says I have no choice. My age makes me a candidate for stroke and heart attack. Which made sense. So I’m doing it. Anyone have any advice or thoughts about my diagnosis? Thanks in advance for any replies.