This is a kind of blood cancer that affects the bone marrow and the blood cells of the patient. It can be caused if the patient has been exposed to intense radiation. The phases include chronic phase, accelerated phase, and ballistic phase. The symptoms for all the phases are different with fever, fatigue, aches and pains playing the main roles.
HOW IS CHRONIC MYELOID LEUKEMIA DIAGNOSED?
An oncologist diagnoses chronic myeloid Leukemia by the following tests:
2. Biopsy of the bone marrow or tissues
3. genetic testing
HOW IS CHRONIC MYELOID LEUKEMIA TREATED?
The goal of the treatment is to destroy the leukaemia blood cells in the body and restore healthy ones to a normal level. It's usually not possible to get rid of all the bad cells. The treatment for CML may include radiation therapy, chemotherapy, stem cell transplant and/or immunotherapy along with medication for management.
DID YOU KNOW?
Most people with CML have a gene mutation (change) called the Philadelphia chromosome which is not passed from parent to child. Leukaemia is different from other types of cancer that start in organs such as the lungs, colon, or breast and then spread to the bone marrow. Cancers that start elsewhere and then spread to the bone marrow are not leukaemia.