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What blood tests will you get if you take tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) for chronic myelogenous leukemia?

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While you take TKIs, you'll get regular blood tests, including:

  • Complete blood counts to check white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets
  • Blood cell exams to check the percentage of abnormal blood cells
  • Cytogenetic analysis, which looks for the abnormal Philadelphia chromosome
  • Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests to check for the BCR-ABL gene

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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