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What is chronic myelogenous leukaemia?

Chronic myelogenous leukaemia (CML), otherwise called chronic myeloid leukaemia, is a cancer of the blood cells and bone marrow. The bone marrow is the soft part of the bone where blood cells are produced. CML is a form of leukaemia in which there is uncontrolled growth of white blood cells.

What are its main signs and symptoms?

  • Patients with CML may show no symptoms when they are in the chronic phase of the disease.
  • In the next phase called the accelerated phase, night sweats, fatigue, weight loss and persistent fever are common symptoms.
  • The patient has severe symptoms in a phase called the blastic phase, which includes pain, infections and spontaneous bleeding.
  • Due to the abnormality in the white blood cell number and structure, the spleen is also affected. A person may complain of pain in the upper abdomen due to enlargement of the spleen.

What are its main causes?

  • Unfortunately, the exact cause of CML has not yet been identified.
  • A prevalent risk factor is an exposure to high amounts of radiation.
  • The cancer is associated with a defect in chromosome 22 of humans, which is a common finding in a majority of the people suffering from CML. This chromosome is termed the Philadelphia chromosome.
  • The condition is more common in middle-aged individuals, and men are affected more than women.

How is it diagnosed and treated?

  • A basic physical exam will give your doctor an idea of vital parameters like blood pressure, heart rate and pulse. Any swelling in the lymph nodes or spleen is also checked for.
  • Blood examination reveals the abnormality in the number and form of the blood cells.
  • Special tests are conducted to check for the Philadelphia chromosome, like the polymerase chain reaction test.
  • A biopsy of the bone marrow is also diagnostic for malignancy.
  • It is difficult to eliminate all the cells containing the defective gene, but the treatment aims at destroying these cells.
  • Apart from chemotherapy, there are specific drugs called targeted drugs for CML patients. If a person develops resistance to one targeted drug, another drug is prescribed.
  • A bone marrow transplant is the closest chance that a patient has for a complete cure. The donor cells stimulate the formation of new healthy cells in the bone marrow.
  • Despite ongoing research for better treatment options, especially for the treatment of resistant CML, the condition continues to have a poor prognosis.
  1. Medicines for Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML)

Medicines for Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML)

Medicines listed below are available for Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML). Please note that you should not take any medicines without doctor consultation. Taking any medicine without doctor's consultation can cause serious problems.

Medicine NamePack SizePrice (Rs.)
VeenatVEENAT 400MG TABLET1621
GlivecGlivec 400 Mg Tablet0
SprycelSprycel 50 Mg Tablet132544
CytodroxCytodrox 500 Mg Capsule0
DureaDurea 500 Mg Capsule117
HondreaHondrea 500 Mg Capsule97
HydabHydab 500 Mg Capsule121
Hydrox LHydrox L 500 Mg Capsule57
MyelostatMyelostat 500 Mg Capsule82
MylostatMylostat 500 Mg Capsule0
OndreaOndrea 500 Mg Capsule44
RiboreaRiborea 500 Mg Capsule0
UnidreaUnidrea 500 Mg Capsule98
HydranHydran 500 Mg Capsule0
HydreaHydrea 100 Mg Capsule110
HydrogemHydrogem 500 Mg Capsule0
HydroxHydrox 500 Mg Capsule58
LeukocelLeukocel 500 Mg Tablet112
NeodreaNeodrea 500 Mg Capsule65
HytasHytas 1000 Mg Capsule36

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References

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  5. MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: US National Library of Medicine; Chronic Myeloid Leukemia
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