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Remission During Chronic-Phase CML

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If one of these changes is found, your doctor will repeat the test to rule out error. 

“It’s very important to not jump to a conclusion based on a single lab reading. That’s a mistake patients make because they are worried,” Roboz says. “They see their white blood cell count go up at one visit, but it might just be they caught a cold from their kids and their white blood cell count is responding normally."

If changes are confirmed, doctors may do a bone marrow biopsy to look for changes in the chromosomes so they can figure out what treatment might work better for you.

“Some patients respond quickly to a change in medication and do well, and there are others who need to try one or two times with different medications,” Roboz says. “But it is not true that a relapse is definitely devastating news. There are plenty of patients who will be switched to a different CML medication and do extremely well.”

Reviewed on February 13, 2014

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