- Blood cancer
- Childhood leukaemia
- Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL)
- Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML)
- Acute promyelocytic leukaemia (APL)
- Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL)
- Chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML)
- Chronic myelomonocytic leukaemia (CMML)
- Hairy cell leukaemia (HCL)
- Large granular lymphocytic leukaemia (LGLL)
- Plasma cell leukaemia (PCL)
- T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (T-ALL)
- Other conditions related to blood cancer
Chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML)
Chronic myeloid leukaemia is a chronic (slow-growing) type of blood cancer.
There are three stages of CML: chronic, accelerated and blast. Most people with CML are diagnosed in the chronic stage, where their body makes too many mature white blood cells (called granulocytes).
All cells in your body contain genes (chromosomes) made up of DNA. If you have CML, something goes wrong with how your chromosomes divide and you’ll have what doctors call a ‘Philadelphia chromosome’, an unusual chromosome found inside all of the cancerous cells.