Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia Treatment Information
Chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) is a slow-growing form of leukemia. Like acute myelogenous leukemia, CML originates in the myeloid cells. These are the cells that – when functioning properly – produce mature red blood cells, platelets and non-lymphocytic white blood cells. When myeloid cells become leukemia cells, they are no longer regulated by normal growth patterns. Instead, they can rapidly produce abnormal copies of themselves, which can leave the bone marrow, enter the bloodstream and spread to other organs.
Compared to acute leukemias, this process occurs much more slowly in chronic myelogenous leukemia. Unlike other types of leukemia, however, CML can transform into a more rapidly spreading, acute cancer over time. As a result, prompt detection and comprehensive treatment are extremely important.
At Moffitt Cancer Center, we offer a complete range of diagnostic tools and treatment techniques for chronic myelogenous leukemia. In a single, convenient location, we provide:
- Diagnostic bloodwork
- Diagnostic imaging
- Radiation therapy
- Stem cell transplantation
- Supportive care options
- Complementary care
These options and others are available through our Malignant Hematology Program, which focuses exclusively on the treatment of blood and bone marrow cancers. The oncologists in this program are among the nation’s foremost experts on leukemia and lymphoma treatment, and are wholly committed to tailoring their treatment recommendations to account for each patient’s unique needs. This team is also actively involved in our groundbreaking research, including clinical trials that test the effectiveness of new leukemia treatments. As a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, we are proud to be one of the country’s top destinations for hematological oncology research.
To learn more about chronic myelogenous leukemia treatment at Moffitt, call 1-888-MOFFITT or submit a new patient registration form online. No referral is required to make an appointment.