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Chronic Myeloid Leukemia

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What is chronic myeloid leukemia?

Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) is also called chronic myelogenous leukemia. It is cancer of the bone marrow and blood cells. Blood cells that should become white blood cells (WBCs) do not fully grow. These cells do not fight infection like a normal WBC should. They crowd the bone marrow and prevent normal blood cells from growing and fighting infection. You may have no signs or symptoms. Many people learn that they have CML after blood is drawn for tests during a regular medical exam.

What causes CML?

The cause is sometimes unknown. It may be caused by exposure to high amounts of radiations or changes in DNA. CML is more common among adults, but it may occur in children.

What are the signs and symptoms of CML?

What are the phases of CML?

How is CML diagnosed?

How is CML treated?

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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What can I do to manage my CML?

Seek care immediately if:

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

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