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How do you know if your treatment for chronic myelogenous leukemia is working?

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Your doctor will set several goals for your treatment, such as:

  • Normal blood cell counts with no signs of abnormal white blood cells, called a complete hematologic response.
  • No blood or bone marrow cells that contain the "Philadelphia" chromosome, which creates the BCR-ABL gene. This is called a complete cytogenetic response.
  • No sign of BCR-ABL in your blood, also called a complete molecular response.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Treatment of Chronic Myeloid Leukemia by Phase."

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: "Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia."

Goldman, L. and Ausiello, D., eds.  , 23rd ed. Saunders Elsevier; 2007. Cecil Medicine

Baccarani, M.  , May 4, 2009. Annals of Oncology

FDA website.

ARIAD Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on January 3, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Treatment of Chronic Myeloid Leukemia by Phase."

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: "Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia."

Goldman, L. and Ausiello, D., eds.  , 23rd ed. Saunders Elsevier; 2007. Cecil Medicine

Baccarani, M.  , May 4, 2009. Annals of Oncology

FDA website.

ARIAD Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on January 3, 2018

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