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Essay heading: Chronic Myeloid Leukemia
 
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The most frequent adverse effects are flu-like symptoms, increased body temperature, feeling ill, fatigue, headache, muscle pain, convulsion, dizziness, hair thinning, and depression. Interferon therapy also causes immunosuppression and can result in infection. However, interferon therapy doesn’t attack or address the genetic mutation responsible for CML, it instead serves to support or strengthen the body’s immune response by attacking tumor cells...
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The only method shown to actually cure patients with CML is by bone-marrow transplant. In this treatment, the cells of the patient are killed through a high dose of one or more drugs (both cancerous AND healthy cells). The cells are then replaced through transplant of healthy cells from a donor. As with most transplants, finding a match between patient and donor is often difficult and time-consuming...
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