Blood cancer (Chronic myeloid leukaemia)

Description of Blood cancer (Chronic myeloid leukaemia)


Leukemia is cancer of the white blood cells. White blood cells help your body fight infection. Your blood cells form in your bone marrow. In leukemia, the bone marrow produces abnormal white blood cells. These cells crowd out the healthy blood cells, making it hard for blood to do its work. In chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), there are too many granulocytes, a type of white blood cell.

Most people with CML have a gene mutation (change) called the Philadelphia chromosome.

Signs and Symptoms 

Sometimes CML does not cause any symptoms. If you have symptoms, they may include:
1. Fatigue
2. Weight loss
3. Night sweats
4. Fever
5. Pain or a feeling of fullness below the ribs on the left side


Tests that examine the blood and bone marrow diagnose CML.


Treatments include, 
1. Chemotherapy
2. Stem cell transplant
3. Infusion of donated white blood cells following stem cell transplants
4. Surgery to remove the spleen
5. Biologic and targeted therapies. 
NIH: National Cancer Institute
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01 Nov 2021 | 04:56 PM (IST)
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