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Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia Archive Questions

Below are Dr. Rapoport’s answers to Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia questions
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I am CML patient who has been taking Glivec for 18 months. MY CBC reports show no sign for concern and my BCR-ABL test showed complete remission. However, I visited my doctor and he ordered a bone marrow test to look for the Philadelphia chromosome. What does this mean?

The Philadelphia chromosome is characteristic for CML. But if the BCR-ABL test is negative in the blood, then it is very unlikely that there is CML in the marrow.


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