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What is chronic myelogenous leukemia (cml)?

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Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 34 years experience
White cell cancer: The bone marrow cells that produce granulocytes (needed to fight infections) grow out of control and are present in large numbers in the blood and other organs. The disease is quite treatable these days because of targeted therapy and long lasting remissions are possible in most people.
Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
Chronic leukemia: CML is a type of chronic leukemia that is associated with a specific genetic change called the philadelphia chromosome. This genetic change in the cancer cells is targeted by a type of oral chemotherapy drug called a tyrosine kinase inhibitor. CML usually responds very well to these drugs although it is not cured with the pills. A stem cell transplant can be used in resistant cases.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What is chronic myelogenous leukemia (cml)?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 34 years experience
White cell cancer: The bone marrow cells that produce granulocytes (needed to fight infections) grow out of control and are present in large numbers in the blood and other organs. The disease is quite treatable these days because of targeted therapy and long lasting remissions are possible in most people.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What's the type of inheritance of chronic myelogenous leukemia (cml)?

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Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
Not inherited: CML is associated with chromosome damage (the philadelphia chromosome). This is not inherited. The damage is to bone morrow stem cells and occurs long after birth. So the disease is not passed on to children.

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