What is Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia?
Chronic myelogenous leukemia is a type of white blood cell cancer. It accounts for approximately 15-25% of all white blood cell cancers.
There is no well-known cause; however, exposure to certain ionizing radiation is a risk factor for the development of chronic myeloid leukemia.
It is more common in men than women. More common in older people, the average age at diagnosis is 65 years.
Signs and Symptoms
The patient may suffer from the following signs and symptoms. These are
- Constant fever
- Constant fatigue
- Unexplained weight loss
- Excessive sweating at the night
- Easy bleeding and bruising on injury
- Feeling of fullness after eating a small amount of food
- Pain in the bones
The following diagnostic tests and procedures can be used to make a diagnosis. These are Following Laboratory investigations, procedures, and genetics studies are required to make an appropriate diagnosis.
- Complete blood count (CBC) with peripheral blood smears
- Liver function tests (LFTs)
- Renal Functional Tests (RFTs)
- Blood electrolyte levels
- Coagulation profile: Prothrombin time (PT) and activated partial thromboplastin time
Gold standard/definitive tests are:
- Bone marrow smears
- Bone marrow biopsy
- Lumbar puncture
- Flow cytometry
- Molecular and cytogenetic analysis for cytogenetic abnormalities.
Treatment options include chemotherapy; radiotherapy, cancer cells specific targeted therapies, and bone marrow transplant are the main treatment options.
What Support can we Give for Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia?
Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia is rare cancer, meaning it is not as well known as other forms of cancer. Without a Ribbon is an Australian organisation that provides support for individuals who suffer from rare cancers. So, we provide a designated platform for Warriors to obtain information specific to their Rare Cancer. We also provide annual opportunities for our Warriors to meet and learn from each other. If you suffer from rare cancer such as Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia, we can help and support you through your journey thanks to the generous donations we receive. Click the link below to sign up and become a Warrior today!
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