6 Symptoms of Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia

Cell collectorChronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) is a rare type of cancer that occurs in the blood cells. Though the word “chronic” may sound scary, it actually means that this form of leukemia doesn’t grow as quickly as others.

According to the NIH, the prognosis for patients with CML has greatly improved since targeted drugs were added to treatment options for the disease. 

CML is divided into three stages: “chronic,” “accelerated,” and “blast crisis,” according to the National Institute of Health (NIH).

Most cases of CML are diagnosed while still in the chronic phase. In many cases, CML that hasn’t progressed to the accelerated phase doesn’t exhibit any symptoms, and it is usually discovered during blood tests.

According to the Mayo Clinic, the chronic phase can last several years, and may therefore go unnoticed by individuals suffering from CML. Common symptoms of CML include:

  • bleeding easily
  • fatigue
  • fever
  • weight loss
  • loss of appetite
  • pain below the left ribs
  • pale skin
  • night sweats

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If your child shows any of these symptoms consistently, follow your gut feeling and schedule an appointment with his or her doctor. CML tends to be treated more successfully in its early stages, so early diagnosis is vital to a good prognosis.

CML is not necessarily a disease that can be prevented, except by avoiding radiation when possible. It occurs when an abnormal chromosome develops and creates a new gene, which allows too many diseased blood cells to form.

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6 Symptoms of Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia

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  1. Profile photo of Timothy Timothy says:

    I haVE CLL…. I just want to see my daughter grow up and spend as much time with her as possible.

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