Expanding Chronic Myeloid Leukemia Options
Research into more effective treatments for chronic myeloid leukemia is opening up all sorts of possibilities. Drugs are being combined, new drugs are being developed and there is even work involving a possible vaccine.
Chronic Myeloid Leukemia Advancements
The outlook for people with chronic myeloid leukemia has improved by leaps and bounds in recent years. A number of medications are now keeping the disease under wraps.
Some Drugs are Easier to Stick with Than Others
So you have to take a pill every day. It's saving your life, but doing anything every single day for the rest of your life is daunting. Recent research looked at which medications leukemia patients take more faithfully.
When One Drug Doesn't Work Another One Does
The medication Gleevec ( imatinib ) remains the standard of care for people newly diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia ( CML ). But not all patients respond well to this medicine, and now they have an alternative.
One of the "Easy Cancers"
A patient remembers the day he was diagnosed. Writing on a patient support group forum, he recalls, "I had one of the first oncologists I saw tell me 'you got the cancer I can treat. One pill a day and you carry on. Who's luckier than you?'"