Chronic Myeloid Leukemia
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image by: CML Advocates Network
Every year at about this time, I head west to Seattle. Surrounded by mountains and water, with the backdrop of the majestic Mount Rainier, the city is ideal for a pleasure trip in late summer or early fall. But I’m there for another reason: my annual checkup at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
It has been 27 years since I chose the Hutch, as it is known, as the best place to have a bone-marrow transplant, after being diagnosed with the blood cancer chronic myelogenous leukemia. As cancer survivors, the chance that the cancer might come back is what we fear most, followed by the risk of secondary, or new, cancers that may have developed because of the toxicity of the original…
The 27 years after treatment have demanded endurance and vigilance. But they’ve also brought unexpected rewards.
Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) is often called the “good cancer.” While today’s medications help many people with CML, some patients do not do as well. If this sounds a lot like what you’re going through, be sure to check out the resources on this website
We are a worldwide network of non-profit organisations supporting patients with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML) and their relatives.
Treatment options and recommendations depend on several factors, including the phase of the disease, possible side effects, and the patient’s preferences and overall health. Treatments for CML have improved... completely changing how treatment is given and helping many patients live much longer.
Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) is also called chronic myelogenous leukemia, chronic granulocytic leukemia and chronic myelocytic leukemia. CML is one of four main types of leukemia.
Chronic myeloid leukemia usually begins after age 60. Common features include excessive tiredness (fatigue), fever, and weight loss. Many affected individuals develop an enlarged spleen (splenomegaly), which can cause a feeling of fullness in the abdomen and a loss of appetite. About half of people with chronic myeloid leukemia do not initially have any signs and symptoms and are diagnosed when a blood test is performed for another reason.
Chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) accounts of about 20% of all leukemias affecting adults. It typically affects middle-aged individuals and rarely adolescents or children.
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