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Leukemia – Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML)



Chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) is found mostly in adults and is a slow-growing type of leukemia. This means that you may not be diagnosed right away because, at first, there are no symptoms.

Overview

Chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) is an uncommon type of leukemia. It is a slow-growing cancer in which the bone marrow makes too many white blood cells.

Understanding Your Diagnosis

Your CML may have been discovered during a routine blood test. About half of all people with CML do not have symptoms at the time the disease is diagnosed.

Deciding on Treatment

Treatment for CML is usually systemic, meaning that the treatment kills or controls cancer cells throughout the body. Chemotherapy is one type of systemic treatment.

Managing Side Effects

You may have only a few side effects from your cancer treatment, or you may have several. Your cancer team will work to ease any side effects you may experience.

Advanced Reading

Learn more about chronic myelogenous leukemia from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Physician Data Query (PDQ®) for patients. It includes information about prevention, screening, and treatment.




 

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