Picture of the cell structure of Myelocytic leukemia,
Chronic Myelocytic Leukemia
Chronic myelogenous leukemia is a malignant cancer of the bone
marrow that causes rapid growth of the blood forming cells (known as myeloid precursors)
in the bone marrow, peripheral blood, and body tissues.
occurs in middle-aged people and children and is associated with a chromosome
abnormality called the Philadelphia chromosome. Chronic myelogenous leukemia is
characterized by a chronic phase that can last for months or years. The disease may have
few or no symptoms during the chronic phase. Eventually, patients progress from the
chronic phase to a more dangerous "accerated phase," during which the leukemia
cells grow more quickly.