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A 35-year-old member asked:

How should i treat chronic myelogenous leukemia?

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 24 years experience
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.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Dr. Liawaty Ho commented
Hematology and Oncology 24 years experience
Provided original answer
please see your doctor and discuss it in detail
Mar 7, 2012
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
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.
Dr. Agos Luca
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.

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What are different ways to treat chronic myelogenous leukemia?

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 24 years experience
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.
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What are the symptoms of chronic myelogenous leukemia?

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 38 years experience
Fatigue: Fatigue is the most common symptom. Examination may show an enlarged spleen. The diagnosis is suspected by blood testing and confirmed by bone marrow biopsy.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What are the tests for chronic myelogenous leukemia?

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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Blood, bone marrow: Common tests include blood review, floww cytometry, and a bone marrowe and biopsy.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What is chronic myelogenous leukemia (cml)?

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Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 35 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 41-year-old member asked:

Dangers of chronic myelogenous leukemia?

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Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 47 years experience
Can be fatal: This is a disease that was associated with a shortened life span. The discovery of a specific cancer cell mutation and medications that attack that mutation have dramatically affected the outcome. This is now a disease that people can live for many years and be functional and productive.

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