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what sort of disease is chronic myelogenous leukemia (c.m.l.)?

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Dr. Michael Thompson
19 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Bcr-abl: CML is a clonal disorder (cancer) of the white blood cells in the blood (= -emia part). Other leukemias include cll, aml, all, etc. CML is often diagnosed by testing on peripheral blood or bone marrow. The bcr-abl translocation (philadelphia chromosome) is found in cml. Treatment may be a variety of pills. The most common initial treatment has been gleevec (imatinib). Other drugs are available.
Answered on Dec 30, 2014
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