FAQs about Chronic Myeloid Leukemia:
Q: Can chronic myeloid leukemia be cured completely? A: While some patients can achieve long-term remission through targeted therapy or bone marrow transplantation, complete cure is rare. Regular monitoring and adherence to treatment are essential to manage the disease effectively.
Q: Are there any lifestyle changes that can help manage CML symptoms?
A: Yes, maintaining a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet, regular exercise, and stress reduction can improve overall well-being and complement medical treatments.
Q: Can CML affect children and teenagers?
A: Though CML is more commonly diagnosed in adults, it can affect children and teenagers. However, pediatric CML is relatively rare.
Q: What are the side effects of targeted therapy for CML?
A: Common side effects of targeted therapy include nausea, fatigue, skin rashes, and muscle cramps. Most side effects can be managed with proper medical guidance.
Q: Is genetic testing necessary for CML diagnosis?
A: Yes, genetic testing, including PCR and FISH, is crucial for confirming the presence of the Philadelphia chromosome and guiding treatment decisions.
Q: Can CML patients lead a normal life with treatment?
A: Yes, with effective treatment and regular follow-ups, many CML patients can lead productive lives and enjoy a good quality of life.