How does chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) affect daily life? 

Learning that you or a loved one has been diagnosed with CML, or any form of leukemia, can be a difficult experience. CML can affect daily life in many ways, depending on what stage the condition is at and the treatment one is receiving. Cancer of the blood and bone marrow can cause complications such as:
 
  • Anemia. When immature white blood cells crowd out healthy red blood cells, anemia may result and can make you feel tired and worn down.
  • Thrombocytopenia. Overproduction of immature granulocytes can also cause a shortage of blood platelets and cause easy bleeding and bruising, including frequent or severe nosebleeds, bleeding from the gums, or tiny red dots caused by bleeding into the skin (petechiae).
  • Pain. CML can cause bone pain or joint pain as the bone marrow expands when excess white blood cells build up.
  • Enlarged spleen. Extra blood cells are stored in the spleen and cause it to swell, taking up space in the abdomen and making one feel full after small meals or cause pain on the left side of the body. 
  • Infection.  Although CML patients have an abundance of white blood cells, these cells are often diseased and don't function properly. They are unable to fight infection as well as healthy white cells can. 
  • Death. If CML can't be successfully treated, it ultimately is fatal.
 
 
 
living with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML)
 
 
 

Sources
  • "Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia." Mayo Clinic. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 26 May 2016. Web. 07 July 2017.

 

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