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High deductible. Limited coverage of outpatient care. Would really help to know what tests, evaluations are required to diagnose chronic myelogenous leukemia and follow it after treatment.?

High deductible. Limited coverage of outpatient care. Would really help to know what tests, evaluations are required to diagnose chronic myelogenous leukemia and follow it after treatment.?

Nccn.org: Awful predicament. CML is one of the success stories with the new therapies, but proper follow up is important to assure optimal long term survival on the new oral agents. There are good patient assistance programs to assist with your medications. Review the web address above and CML page with your doc to plan the needed tests. ...Read more

Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Leukemia (Definition)

Leukemia is a malignant hematologic neoplasm that originates in the bone marrow and represents a clonal proliferation of hematopoietic elements belonging to any of the myeloid, lymphoid, erythroid, and megakaryocytic lineages. Of note, other hematologic neoplasms like lymphoma or myeloma may demonstrate a leukemic phase without actually originating in the bone marrow ...Read more


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What are the treatments for chronic myelogenous leukemia?

What are the treatments for chronic myelogenous leukemia?

Multiple: There are medications called tyrosine kinase inhibitors. They block this enzyme and treat the leukemia. There are currently three on the market, imatinib, nilotinib and dasatinib. Other treatments include bone marrow transplant but rarely done now because these medications are available. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I live in a college town with many healers who use Asian treatments. Will they work on chronic myelogenous leukemia?

I live in a college town with many healers who use Asian treatments. Will they work on chronic myelogenous leukemia?

No: CML is a very treatable disease today with drugs like sprycel, gleevec, and tasigna (nilotinib). Patients can essentially expect a normal life expectancy for CML today, vs a median survial of 5 years prior to these therapies. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is chronic myelogenous leukemia (c.M.L.)?

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. ...Read more

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What are different ways to treat chronic myelogenous leukemia?

What are different ways to treat chronic myelogenous leukemia?

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. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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What complications arise when a person with chronic myelogenous leukemia (cml) becomes pregnant?

What complications arise when a person with chronic myelogenous leukemia (cml) becomes pregnant?

Difficult situation: This has happened to many women taking Imatinib (Gleevec) for CML. Most women have had a normal baby, others aborted the baby with help from a Gynecologist. I believe it is safe to carry the baby to term but there is some risk the drugs can harm the bay but it is not proven. So if you want to keep the baby then you should take this risk, but be closely monitored by a CML expert. First 3 months are ...Read more

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How should I treat chronic myelogenous leukemia?

How should I treat chronic myelogenous leukemia?

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. ...Read more

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What are the tests for chronic myelogenous leukemia?

What are the tests for chronic myelogenous leukemia?

Blood, bone marrow: Common tests include blood review, floww cytometry, and a bone marrowe and biopsy. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of chronic myelogenous leukemia?

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. ...Read more

Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (Definition)

Chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) is a cancer of the blood where there is an overproduction of white blood cells. Patients usually have no symptoms at diagnosis, and are found to have the disease after having ...Read more