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How effective is a tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) in treating chronic myelogenous leukemia?

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Most people get a quick response from these drugs. Your doctor will likely know in 3 to 6 months if your treatment works.

You may go into "remission" while you take a TKI. That means that the abnormal gene is no longer in your cells. It doesn't mean that you're cured, but your CML is now under control.

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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