- How is chronic myeloid leukemia treated?
- Targeted therapies for chronic myeloid leukemia
- Interferon therapy for chronic myeloid leukemia
- Chemotherapy for chronic myeloid leukemia
- Radiation therapy for chronic myeloid leukemia
- Surgery for chronic myeloid leukemia
- Stem cell transplant for chronic myeloid leukemia
- How do you know if treatment for chronic myeloid leukemia is working?
- Treating chronic myeloid leukemia by phase
How is chronic myeloid leukemia treated?
This section starts with general comments about types of treatments used for chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). This is followed by a discussion of treatment options based on the phase of CML.
Targeted therapy drugs are the main treatment for CML. Some patients might also need other treatments, such as:
For information on common treatment plans, see “Treating chronic myeloid leukemia by phase.”
Thinking about taking part in a clinical trial
Clinical trials are carefully controlled research studies that are done to get a closer look at promising new treatments or procedures. Clinical trials are one way to get state-of-the art cancer treatment. In some cases they may be the only way to get access to newer treatments. They are also the best way for doctors to learn better methods to treat cancer. Still, they are not right for everyone.
If you would like to learn more about clinical trials that might be right for you, start by asking your doctor if your clinic or hospital conducts clinical trials. You can also call our clinical trials matching service at 1-800-303-5691 for a list of studies that meet your medical needs, or see the Clinical Trials section to learn more.
Considering complementary and alternative methods
You may hear about alternative or complementary methods that your doctor hasn’t mentioned to treat your cancer or relieve symptoms. These methods can include vitamins, herbs, and special diets, or other methods such as acupuncture or massage, to name a few.
Complementary methods refer to treatments that are used along with your regular medical care. Alternative treatments are used instead of a doctor’s medical treatment. Although some of these methods might be helpful in relieving symptoms or helping you feel better, many have not been proven to work. Some might even be dangerous.
Be sure to talk to your cancer care team about any method you are thinking about using. They can help you learn what is known (or not known) about the method, which can help you make an informed decision. See the Complementary and Alternative Medicine section to learn more.
Help getting through cancer treatment
Your cancer care team will be your first source of information and support, but there are other resources for help when you need it. Hospital- or clinic-based support services are an important part of your care. These might include nursing or social work services, financial aid, nutritional advice, rehab, or spiritual help.
The American Cancer Society also has programs and services – including rides to treatment, lodging, support groups, and more – to help you get through treatment. Call our National Cancer Information Center at 1-800-227-2345 and speak with one of our trained specialists on call 24 hours a day, every day.
Last Medical Review: 02/24/2015
Last Revised: 02/22/2016