Chronic myelogenous leukemia

Also known as: CML
Chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) accounts of about 20 percent of all leukemias affecting adults. It typically affects middle-aged individuals and rarely adolescents or children.

CML is a slowly progressing blood and bone marrow disorder, characterized by the excessive development of white blood cells in the spongy tissue found inside large bones of the body (bone marrow), spleen, liver and blood.

As the disease progresses, the leukemic (blast) cells invade other areas of the body including the intestinal tract, kidneys, lungs, gonads and lymph nodes. These diseased cells do not grow old and eventually die like normal cells. They build up in huge numbers, overwhelm healthy blood cells and damage the bone marrow.
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