Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML) is an asymptomatic disease and can take on an unprepared, apparently healthy man, who does not know that inside his body there are spectacular changes that put his life in danger. In the world, the incidence is estimated at 10 to 15 cases per 1,000,000 people.
Chronic Myeloid Leukemia is a rare form of cancer that affects blood cells and is characterized by a genetic mutation of chromosomes 9 and 22. This mutation results in uncontrolled growth of white blood cells, which can no longer properly perform their functions and thus the body's inability to fight infections, even mild ones, appears. CML appears especially among adults, with the average age at diagnosis being 45-55 years old, but there are also cases of children affected by this rare form of cancer, which are rarer.
In more than 30% of cases, chronic myeloid leukemia can be very long without symptoms, the patients discovering by chance, during a set of medical analyzes, the abnormal increase in the number of leukocytes in the blood, the main sign of this disease.
But there are also situations when the patient is suffering from repeated infections, severe bleeding (especially nasal bleeding), weight loss, lack of appetite or even refusal to feed (anorexia), pain in the bones, increase in spleen volume, fatigue, feeling of pressure and saturation in the upper stomach, shortness of breath etc.
If such symptoms are observed and they persist for a long time, the presence at the specialist doctor's office is indicated, for a detailed consultation and for establishing a diagnosis.
The clinical examination consists of:
- Examination of the lymph nodes
- Examination of the spleen and abdomen
- Myelogram (an analysis of bone marrow cells)
- FISH technique, which highlights chromosomal abnormalities
Because chronic myeloid leukemia has a silent onset, it is very important to periodically check the hemolymphogram to see if there are abnormalities in the level of leukocytes in the blood.
Most patients with CML, approximately 85%, are diagnosed in the early stages, ie in the chronic phase of the disease. The remaining 5-10% are cases of chronic myeloid leukemia in the accelerated phase or in the form of blastic burst, much more severe forms.
It should be known, however, that not all patients follow the order of the chronic phase - the accelerated phase - blastic setting, therefore the problem of a universal treatment cannot be posed, but an individualized therapeutic action must be addressed.
In the 2000s, chronic myeloid leukemia was considered a lethal disease for most patients. Today, however, patients can have access to innovative treatments that have as their main purpose the destruction of cancer cells and the alleviation of symptoms caused by splenomegaly (increase in spleen volume).
By constantly following the right treatment, the patient has the chance to develop healthy, normal cells in the bone marrow, and thus can enjoy a life expectancy similar to that of a perfectly healthy person.
However, it should be taken into account that the treatment is based on the type of leukemia, the stage of the disease, the age of the patient and the general health.
However, the marrow transplant remains the only chance of total cure for chronic myeloid leukemia, but the risks of this procedure are high (morbidity and mortality between 10-30%). Also, for a bone marrow transplant, a healthy donor is needed, whose genetic material corresponds to that of the recipient.
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