NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia - page 9

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NCCN Guidelines for Patients
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: Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia
Version 1.2014
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1.3 Symptoms of chronic myelogenous leukemia
Definitions:
Because CML is a slow-growing cancer, many people do not have symptoms
of CML when it is first found (diagnosed) by a doctor. A symptom is a physical
sign of a disease.
Possible symptoms that may be caused by CML include:
• Feeling unusually tired,
• Unexplained weight loss,
• Unusual sweating at night,
• Fever,
• Pale skin, and
• Pain or a feeling of fullness on the upper, left side of the belly area
(abdomen) under the ribs.
However, these symptoms may be caused by other health conditions.
Blood stem cell:
An
immature cell from which
other types of blood cells
develop
Bone marrow:
The soft,
sponge-like tissue in the
center of most bones
where blood cells are made
Chromosomes:
Long
strands of bundles of coded
instructions in cells for
making and controlling cells
Gene:
Set of coded
instructions in cells for
making and controlling cells
Platelet:
Type of blood cell
that helps control bleeding
Red blood cell:
Type
of blood cell that carries
oxygen from the lungs to
the rest of the body
White blood cell:
A type
of cell that helps fight
infections in the body
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