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Chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) is a type of cancer that occurs when the bone marrow makes too many white blood cells. CML usually occurs during or after middle age, and rarely occurs in children. It accounts for approximately 4,400 new cases of leukemia each year. In most cases, the cause involves a genetic mutation called the Philadelphia chromosome. Common symptoms include tiredness, night sweats, and fever.
Once the diagnosis is confirmed, the phase of CML a person has will be determined, which is important in formulating a treatment plan. Possible treatment options for this condition include chemotherapy, biological therapy, and surgery.
(Click Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia to learn more about this condition, including how it is diagnosed, the usual prognosis, and how this disease affects blood cells.)
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