Focus on Leukemia

 

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To find the most effective treatment, your doctor may run tests to identify the genes, proteins, and other factors involved in your leukemia.

 

How Is Chronic Myeloid Leukemia Treated?

Treatment options and recommen­dations for people with chronic myeloid leukemia depend on several factors, including the phase of the disease, possible side effects, and your preferences and overall health. Take time to learn about your treatment options, and be sure to ask questions about things that are unclear. Also, dis­cuss the goals of each treatment with your doctor and ask what you can expect while receiving the treatment.

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FDA Approves Gazyva for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Gazyva (obinutuzumab) for use in combination with chlorambucil to treat patients with previously untreated chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Gazyva works by helping certain cells in the immune system attack cancer cells. Gazyva is intended to be used with chlorambucil, another drug used to treat patients with CLL.

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Treating Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia

Different types of treat­ment are available for people with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML). Some treatments are standard (the currently used treat­ment), and some are being tested in clinical trials. The six types of standard treatment used to treat CML are tar­geted therapy, chemotherapy, biologic therapy, high-dose chemotherapy with stem cell transplant, donor lymphocyte infusion, and surgery.

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