... side effects. having a marrow biopsy on aug 10. whats next? stc, or continue sprycel if results are encouraging?
Imatinib (Gleevec), dasatinib (Sprycel) and nilotinib (Tasigna) are the first-line therapies for everyone with CML. They are associated with very high rates of remission and survival.
Sometimes a chemotherapy medicine called hydroxyurea (Hydrea) is used temporarily to reduce the white blood cell count if it is very high at diagnosis.
The blast crisis phase is very difficult to treat, because it is marked by a very high count of immature white blood cells (leukemia cells). It is treated similarly to acute myeloid leukemia (AML) or acute lymphoid leukemia (ALL).
The only known cure for CML is a bone marrow transplant or stem cell transplant. You should discuss your options in detail with your oncologist.
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