If you have just been diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia, you may want to ask “How aggressive is my disease going to be?” Unlike breast cancer, colon cancer, or lung cancer where we do staging to figure out has the disease already spread, the Sokal scoring system is used in CML. The Sokal scoring system looks at four characteristics, high platelet count, the cells that stop you from bleeding; a big spleen, that area in your left side of your chest that may be swelling; the circulating blasts, leukemia cells are actually seen in the blood; and how old are you. If you have any of these four characteristics, your disease may be slightly more aggressive, and your doctor may want to treat you in a more aggressive fashion and monitor you more closely. Nonetheless, most patients with CML are going to do well.
MediCom Worldwide, Inc. acknowledges the collaborative support from The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).
www.LLS.org/CML - CML webpage with links to resources
www.LLS.org/booklets - Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (booklet) and Chronic Myeloid Leukemia Guide(easier to read booklet)
www.LLS.org/PCR - Financial Assistance for PCR test
www.LLS.org/educationvideos - Two videos - CML: The Role of PCR Testing and Resistant Myeloid Leukemia
www.myPCR.org - Coalition of CML-focused organizations provides information about PCR, campaign to increase awareness of the need to monitor CML treatment, and resources for patients.