6 Symptoms of Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia
Possible treatment options for CML include targeted drugs, blood stem cell transplants, chemotherapy, and biological therapy. Targeted drugs focus on stopping cancer cells from growing and multiplying.
CML tends to be treated more successfully in its early stages, so early diagnosis is vital to a good prognosis.
According to the NIH, an oral medication is the most common first treatment doctors will prescribe for CML. Chemotherapy is typically used in conjunction with other treatments, and is often administered orally for CML. Biological therapy utilizes the body’s immune system to fight the cancer.
According to the National Cancer Institute, the prognosis for patients with CML has greatly improved since targeted drugs were added to treatment options for the disease. Prognosis and treatment options vary according to the patient’s age, the phase of CML the disease has progressed to, the size of the spleen at the time of diagnosis, the amount of blasts in the blood or bone marrow, and the patient’s general health.
It is important to never stop treatment without consulting your child’s physician, despite any side effects. Also, talk to your doctor if you or your child is having trouble dealing with the situation. He or she will be able to refer you to a specialist with whom you can talk.