A 35-year-old member asked:
how should i treat chronic myelogenous leukemia?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Liawaty Ho answered
22 years experience Hematology and Oncology
CML: CML is associated with philadelphia chromosome that result in the abnormal bcr-abl fusion gene. This becomes the target of treatment in cml. Oral tyrosine kinase inhibitor (tki) is the treatment of cml. The 1st generation is gleevec. Other tki that is more specific to block the bcr/abl fusion gene also available- sprycel and tasigna (nilotinib). Bone marrow transplant is available only for specific case.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
Dr. Richard Bensinger answered
51 years experience Ophthalmology
By oncologist: This is a somewhat indolent form of leukemia which responds to treatment and can be carried for many years without major illenss. You could only have known about this if you had a bone marrow and blood test from your oncologist whose recommendations i would continue to follow.
Answered on Aug 29, 2013
Dr. Agos Luca answered
Specializes in Pathology
See below...: First of all, the treatment for any type of leukemia should be coordinated by a hematologist/oncologist. To answer your question, chemotherapy is usually necessary like for any other type of leukemia; however, there is also a special drug that is central in the chronic treatment of cml, namely Gleevec (imatinib), with a specific benefit in this type of leukemia.
Answered on May 25, 2017
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