It's important that your doctor is experienced in treating patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) or has access to a CML specialist.
Types of CML Treatment
Your treatment and treatment goals depend on your CML phase. Click the links below to read about types of treatment for CML.
- Chronic phase CML treatment
- Accelerated and blast crisis phase CML treatment
- Stem cell transplantation
- Clinical trials
With current drug therapies, most people diagnosed with chronic phase CML can expect to live good-quality lives.
Finding the Best Treatment Approach
The treatment your doctor recommends is based on several factors, including:
- The CML phase you're in
- Your diagnostic test results
As you develop a treatment plan with your doctor, be sure to discuss:
- The results you can expect from treatment
- The possibility of participating in a clinical trial, where you'll have access to advanced medical treatment that may be more beneficial to you than standard treatment
- Potential side effects, including long-term and late effects
You may find it helpful to bring a loved one with you to your doctor's visits for support and to take notes and ask follow-up questions. It's a good idea to prepare questions you'd like to ask when you visit your doctor. You can also record your conversations with your doctor and listen more closely when you get home.
Click here to download lists of suggested questions to ask your healthcare providers.
Other Treatment Considerations
- If you're breastfeeding, pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant, oral drug therapy puts your baby at risk. You and your doctor must discuss how treatment will adversely affect your baby or pregnancy. If you choose to stop treatment while pregnant, you risk a relapse.
- If your cancer isn't controlled by treatment, you'll likely have to try a different treatment approach. See Refractory and Relapsed CML.