In Conversation With … Dr Nauman Butt, Consultant Haematologist, The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, Liverpool, who talks to Nona about side effects of MPNs and medications, particularly skin complications of itch (pruritus) and skin cancers. Dr Butt talks about the increased risk factors for skin cancers (non-melanomas) for MPN patients from sun exposure and some treatments, mainly Hydroxycarbamide and Ruxolitinib (dependent on dose and length of treatment). The main two being squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma. He gives his top tips for protecting against skin cancers with minimizing exposure to the sun and adequate protection and what to be vigilant for with any skin changes and the importance of self-surveillance.
See the NHS website for more information about skin cancer (non-melanoma).
If you have any concerns regarding any skin changes, please discuss with your GP and your haematologist.
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