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What is the first step in treating chronic myelogenous leukemia?

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Your doctor will decide on a treatment plan based on the stage of your disease. You'll likely start off with a type of drug called a tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI). It blocks a protein called tyrosine kinase, which is made by the BCR-ABL gene and plays a role in the growth of abnormal blood cells.

SOURCES:

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

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

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

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

FDA website.

ARIAD Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 25, 2020

SOURCES:

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

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

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

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

FDA website.

ARIAD Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 25, 2020

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