Living with CML Long-Term: Side-Effects, Treatment Cessation and Better Testing
January 11, 2012
Treatment and Understanding
Dr. Jorge Cortes, deputy chair of the leukemia department at MD Anderson Cancer Center, is encouraged that oncologists can focus on the long-term health and wellbeing of their patients, fully expecting most to live a normal lifespan with the disease. Through active dialog with their physician, patients will expect to see the side effects associated with powerful medications managed in a way that allows them to carry on with activities they enjoyed before diagnosis. Dr. Cortes also discusses the standardization of the PCR test, which may help minimize bone-marrow biopsies, and gives us an update on the conversation surrounding treatment cessation.
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