Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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CML Treatment

Currently, there is no cure for chronic myelogenous leukemia. Treatment for chronic myelogenous leukemia usually includes medication that targets abnormal cancer cells and destroys them. Additional treatment for worsening chronic myelogenous leukemia includes interferon therapy, or chemotherapy and bone marrow transplant.

Chemotherapy drugs kill rapidly growing cancer cells. To perform a bone marrow transplant, chemotherapy is used to destroy the cells in the bone marrow first, and then bone marrow from a donor is transplanted into the patient's bone. Medications to control nausea are usually required during chemotherapy. The spleen may become enlarged as it removes abnormal cells from the bloodstream. In some cases, an enlarged spleen must be removed.

Treatment options for chronic myelogenous leukemia include:

CML Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of chronic myelogenous leukemia.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
    • Is surgery an option for me?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for complications?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available

CML Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat chronic myelogenous leukemia:

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Last Updated: Jun 2, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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