Chronic Myeloid Leukemia
Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia (CML) is a form of cancer that affects our blood and bone marrow. In CML, the bone marrow produces too many white blood cells, called granulocytes. These cells (also called blasts or leukaemic blasts) gradually crowd the bone marrow and interfere with normal blood cell production. They also spread out of the bone marrow and begin to circulate around the body in the bloodstream. Because they are not fully mature, they are unable to function properly to fight infections. Over time, a shortage of red blood cells (RBSs) and platelets can cause anaemia, bleeding and/or bruising.