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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.?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I live in a college town with many healers who use Asian treatments. Will they work on chronic myelogenous leukemia?
Chr myeloid leukemia: CML can cause high white count with white cells in different stages of maturation, anemia and high platelet count. Fatigue, abdominal pain, early satiety from splenomegaly, bleeding diathesis, risk of infection, usually blood tests and bone marrow biopsy establishes diagnosis by virtue of having a philadelphia chromosome abnormality (translocation 9:22). Disease is highly treatable with oral drugs. ...Read more
No: More of a targeted therapy. Unlike chemotherapy which does not have a target, Gleevec or imatinib does have a target. It blocks a tyrosine kinase which prevents certain protein development needed for cancer growth. So more of what is called a biologic therapy. Hope this helps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have cml and have responded well to treatment. I am 55and my brother is 57. Is there an age when a marrow transplant is not viable. ?
CML & transplant: You need to have therapeutic failure to tyrosine kinase inhibitors (gleevec, nilotinib, dasatinib) to be considered for sct (stem cell transplant). Age wise sct can be done upto age 70 in patients who have good end organ functions and physically fit. In most cases, results of these oral drugs are so impressive that sct is falling out of favor as it can have serious side effects & morbidity. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My wife is a cml patient (blood cancer) She is under medication with imelek 400(sun pharma). Other treatments?
Imatinib: There are several options: Imatinib, Nilotinib, Dasatinib. These 3 are options for First and second line treatment. Other ones are Bosutinib, ponatinib, Omacetaxine. Hope this helps. ...Read more
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