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
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.
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.
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 (
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
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
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
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