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Revised 2012 Understanding Leukemia RAY, CML Survivor A Message From John Walter President and CEO of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is committed to bringing you the most up-to-date blood cancer information. We know how important it is for you to have an accurate understanding of your diagnosis, treatment and support options. With this knowledge, you can work with members of your oncology team to move forward with the hope of remission and recovery. Our vision is that one day the great majority of people who have been diagnosed with leukemia will be cured or they will be able to manage their illness with good quality of life. We hope that the information in this booklet will help you along your journey. LLS is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services. Since the first funding in 1954, LLS has invested more than $814 million in research specifically targeting blood cancers. We will continue to invest in research for cures and programs and services that improve the quality of life for people who have leukemia and their families. We wish you well. John Walter President and CEO Inside Front Cover Understanding Leukemia I page 1 Inside This Booklet 2 Introduction 3 Here to Help 6 Part 1—Understanding Leukemia About Marrow, Blood and Blood Cells What is Leukemia? How Does Leukemia Develop? Who’s at Risk? Signs and Symptoms Diagnosis Tracking Your Leukemia Tests 14 Part 2—Treatment Choosing a Specialist Ask Your Doctor Treatment 17 Part 3—Clinical Trials 18 Part 4—Side Effects and Follow-Up Care Side Effects of Leukemia Treatment Follow-Up Care 21 Take Care of Yourself 22 Medical Terms Acknowledgement The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society gratefully acknowledges, for her critical review and important contributions to the material presented in this publication Jane Liesveld, M

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