Share Your Story There are a number of different medical approaches to the treatment of leukemia. The genetic changes or specific characteristics of the leukemia cells as determined in the laboratory can also determine the type of treatment that may be most appropriate. Watchful waiting may be an option for some people with a chronic leukemia who do not have symptoms. This involves close monitoring of the disease so that treatment can begin when symptoms develop.
Loss of appetite and weight Getting a Diagnosis If you have one or more swollen lymph nodes, your doctor may ask: Have you had any recent infections? Have you had a recent injury? Do you have an immune system disease?
Have you had fever? Are you short of breath?
Have you lost weight without trying to? What medications do you take? Continued Your doctor will give you a blood test if he thinks you may have CLL. The results show how many lymphocytes, platelets, and red and white cells are in your blood. If your white blood cell counts are high, you will get a bone marrow aspiration and biopsy: Your doctor inserts a thin, hollow needle into the bone usually, your hip to take out a small amount of liquid marrow.
Your doctor uses a slightly larger needle to remove a small amount of bone, marrow, and blood. Your doctor will do both procedures during the same visit. They can also learn more about the genetic changes in the cells. This information may help you and your doctor plan your treatment.
Do I need treatment now?
If not, how will we know when I need treatment? Will I need other tests before we decide? Should I get a second opinion? What are the side effects of treatment?
How will it affect my daily life? What will we do if the leukemia returns? Treatment CLL grows very slowly. Even so, you should keep up with all your doctor visits. Your treatment may include: These are drugs that kill or control cancer cells.
Doctors often combine two or more drugs that work in different ways. You may get chemo by pill, shot, or IV.
The drugs travel through your blood to reach and affect cells that are dividing too quickly all over your body.The symptoms of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) are often vague and are more often caused by other things. They include: But these aren't just symptoms of CML.
They can happen with other cancers, as well as with many conditions that aren't cancer.
Problems caused by a shortage of blood cells Many of. The goal of chronic myelogenous leukemia treatment is to eliminate the blood cells that contain the abnormal BCR-ABL gene that causes the overabundance of diseased blood cells.
For most people, it's not possible to eliminate all diseased cells, but treatment can help achieve a long-term remission of the disease.
Treatment of chronic myeloid leukemia is aimed at destroying the abnormal blood cells and restoring normal white blood cells to normal levels. Diagnosis and treatment beginning in the early, chronic phase of the disease can slow and even prevent the disease from moving to a more serious level.
Chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML), also known as chronic myeloid leukemia, is a cancer of the white blood cells. It is a form of leukemia characterized by the increased and unregulated growth of predominantly myeloid cells in the bone marrow and the accumulation of these cells in the blood.
Chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) is a type of cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow. In CML the bone marrow produces too many white cells, called granulocytes. These cells (sometimes called blasts or leukaemic blasts) gradually crowd the bone marrow, interfering with normal blood cell production.
Chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) is cancer that starts inside bone marrow. This is the soft tissue in the center of bones that helps form all blood cells.
CML causes an uncontrolled growth of immature and mature cells that make a certain type of white blood cell called myeloid cells.