Brothers diagnosed with blood disorder preparing for epic fundraising journey to the Arctic Circle

Two brothers, who were diagnosed with the same blood disorder 18 months apart, are preparing for a 5000 mile return journey to the Arctic Circle this weekend, to raise money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and Anthony Nolan.

Celebrity Mastermind - Harry Shearer takes on the famous black chair

Star of The Simpsons and the granddaddy of all mock-umentaries, This is Spinal Tap, Harry Shearer, will be appearing on Celebrity Mastermind on Wednesday 31 December (6.35pm) to raise money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.

Media moments of 2014

From breakthroughs in treatment for childhood leukaemia, to a world-record-breaking fundraiser in the swimming pool, it's been an unforgettable year for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and its supporters in the media. Here are some of our top media moments of 2014...

Scottish scientists’ half million pound grant for research into leukaemia and lymphoma

Scientists at the University of Glasgow have been awarded a £501,000 grant by Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research for research into the genetic drivers of leukaemia and lymphoma.

Beefy's fundraising on ice

Sir Ian Botham took to the ice to meet up with children who have survived leukaemia at a special ice skating event at Canary Wharf Ice Rink on 5 January in support of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and Beefy’s Great British Walk 2012.

The children have been chosen as local heroes to walk with Beefy in April in each of the 10 towns he will visit on his 14th walk to beat childhood blood cancer. And while they enjoyed the skating, Beefy welcomed fans at the Moose cafe beside the ice rink.

PV outlook

As PV is generally diagnosed in later life, there’s a very good chance that people who are diagnosed with it will have a normal lifespan and a good quality of life if the condition is carefully monitored and treated as needed.

PV treatment and side effects

The aim of your treatment is to reduce the risk of getting thrombosis by reducing the number of red blood cells in your blood. Although currently PV can’t be cured, it can be kept under control to reduce the symptoms and complications it may cause.

The treatment you receive for PV will depend on the following factors:

PV symptoms and diagnosis

You may not have any symptoms at all before or when you’re diagnosed. That’s why many people with PV are diagnosed following a routine blood test.

The increase in red blood cells makes it hard for blood to flow smoothly through your blood vessels. This is known as hyperviscosity and may mean you get some of these symptoms:

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