Leukemia

Also known as: CML.

What is leukemia?

Chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) is a form of cancer that impacts the blood. Specifically, it impacts the white blood cells that help your body fight infection as they form in the bone marrow. As the cancer progresses, the cancerous cells in the bone marrow begin to crowd out the healthy blood cells.

What causes leukemia?

Leukemia is related to a mutation of the genes. Being exposed to radiation or certain chemicals or having certain other illnesses can put you at a greater risk of getting leukemia.

What are the symptoms of CML?

People with leukemia may experience weakness, fatigue, fever, weight loss, abdominal pain, sweating, bone pain or red spots on the skin.

What are CML care options?

The current treatment for CML is medical. If the disease is progressing despite the use of oral drugs, treatments may include other biological therapy chemotherapy, or some combination of these treatments. In some cases, a stem cell transplant may be done to replace cancerous bone marrow.


Reviewed by: Kamar Godder, MD

This page was last updated on: 5/29/2018 3:43:20 PM


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