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Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia Signs and Symptoms

Chronic myelogenous leukemia is a cancer of the white blood cells that starts in the bone marrow.  Chronic myelogenous leukemia is also known as chronic myeloid leukemia. Chronic leukemias develop very gradually, in contrast to acute leukemias.  Many people are asymptomatic for many years. We have put together a list of common signs and symptoms of chronic myelogenous leukemia below.

Also, we have information on diagnosis, helpful books and valuable resources for patients.

The Signs and Symptoms of Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia are as follows:

  • Enlarged spleen
  • Fatigue
  • Anemia
  • Low-grade fever
  • Increased susceptibility to infections
  • Weight loss
  • Night sweats
  • Vision problems
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Cognitive difficulties
  • Easy bruising
  • Bone pain

Chronic myelogenous leukemia occurs mainly in adults between the ages of fifty and sixty. It rarely occurs in children. Slightly more men than women are affected.  People who have had exposure to nuclear and other types of radiation are at an increased risk for developing chronic myelogenous leukemia.  Approximately eight-five percent of people who are diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia are asymptomatic, and may only be experiencing mild fatigue or abdominal fullness.

Diagnosis of Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia

A diagnosis of chronic myelogenous leukemia is often the result of routine blood work. People with chronic myelogenous leukemia have a large number of white blood cells. A bone marrow biopsy may also be taken to determine the type and extent of the leukemia. Newer tests, such as genetic testing, may also be taken to confirm the diagnosis of chronic myelogenous leukemia.

Books For People With Signs and Symptoms of Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia

Medifocus Guidebook on: Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia
Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia – A Medical Dictionary, Bibliography, and Annotated Research Guide to Internet References
ICON Health Publications

Medifocus Guidebook on: Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
21st Century Ultimate Medical Guide to Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML) – Authoritative, Practical Clinical Information for Physicians and Patients, Treatment Options (Two CD-ROM Set)
PM Medical Health News

Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia Resources

General Patient Resources

  • National Cancer Institute

Expert-reviewed information summary about the treatment of chronic myelogenous leukemia.

  • National Marrow Donor Program

Information for patients about chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) symptoms and treatment options, including Gleevec and BMT.

  • About . com

Learn the basics of chronic myelogenous leukemia, or CML.

  • Daily Strength

Discuss Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML) with others who understand what you’re going through.

  • WD

Chronic myelogenous leukemia information including symptoms, diagnosis, misdiagnosis, treatment, causes, patient stories, videos, forums, prevention, and more.

Medical Resources

  • Mayo Clinic

Comprehensive overview covers causes, treatments and coping with this blood cancer.

  • Medline Plus

A service of the US National Library of Medicine.

  • Pub Med Health

Reviews causes, risk factors, incidence, symptoms, treatment, prognosis and complications.