Skip to main content Skip to footer site map
Serious Medicine. Extraordinary Care.

What to Know About Treatment Choices for CML

Researchers are always finding new treatment methods for chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). People with CML now have more hope for survival than ever before.

The choices you have for treatment depend on these things:

  • What your lab tests showed

  • Your health

  • Your age

  • Your personal needs or special considerations

  • Phase of the leukemia, which is either chronic, accelerated, or blast

  • Whether you’ve had a relapse

Treatment for cancer can be either local or systemic. Local treatments remove, destroy, or control the cancer cells in one area. When directed at one part of the body, radiation is an example of local treatment. Local treatments are seldom used in CML. Systemic treatments are used to destroy or control cancer cells through the whole body. When taken by mouth or injection, targeted therapy and chemotherapy are examples of systemic treatment.