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Added health risk with smoking in CML

The health risks associated with smoking are well known, and so it’s not surprising that smoking after a CML diagnosis adds to the burden of illness in a somewhat indirect way. However, the most recent study suggests that smoking may have harmful effects on the biology underlying CML
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CML is not just a matter of medication

The experience of living with chronic myelogenous leukemia has undergone a sea-change over the past two decades. The advent of a daily pill to suppress CML has meant that most people can now maintain their lifestyle and live a normal lifespan.
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When magic happens

By Lisa Machado A therapist once told me that one of the biggest challenges faced by people diagnosed with cancer is the feeling of isolation.
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ASCO 2016: Why start with a more potent therapy?

Most people with CML start treatment with Gleevec, the first TKI that became available fifteen years ago. Another option, however, is to start with one of the more potent second-generation TKIs (e.g. Sprycel, Tasigna), which can achieve a more rapid control of the CML disease process.
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ASCO 2016: Age not a barrier to stem cell transplants

The use of less aggressive drug regimens during stem cell transplantation has meant that more people – including the more elderly – may be eligible for the procedure. A U.S. study has now reported that older people don’t have a higher risk of complications compared to younger people (
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Can diabetes drugs help cure CML?

Tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs, e.g. Gleevec, Tasigna, Sprycel, Bosulif, Iclusig) transformed the treatment of CML when they were introduced at the beginning of the 21st century. These medications target the leukemia gene that induces white blood cells to proliferate, effectively su
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6 Key Questions about CML Treatment

After being diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia, you and your doctor will need to make some decisions about the treatments you’ll need to keep your disease under control. The following are some of the most important questions about CML medications and how medical research has
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What do people fear when they have CML?

One of the most common fears expressed by cancer survivors is the fear that their disease will progress. But few studies have looked at whether this same fear is a cause of distress for people living with CML. In contrast to other cancers, CML is highly treatable with TKIs (tyrosine
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Still so far to go

By Lisa Machado People often ask me if I ever get tired of talking about cancer. Does being so involved in this world ever get me down? A young woman with CML even went so far as to say, “Isn’t it enough to have cancer? Why on earth would anyone
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Important to maintain overall health

When you are first diagnosed with CML, most of the medical attention will be directed at lowering the elevated blood cell counts and controlling the leukemic disease process.
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