Chronic myeloid leukemia stages
In order to stage CML, your doctor will examine blood and bone marrow tests to determine the number of diseased cells. There are three stages of CML.
- Chronic: This is the earliest phase of CML. The majority of CML patients are diagnosed during this phase as a result of mild symptoms, particularly fatigue.
- Accelerated: If CML has not responded to treatment well during the chronic phase, it becomes more aggressive, which can lead to the accelerated phase. At this point, symptoms may become more noticeable.
- Blastic: This is the most aggressive stage of chronic myeloid leukemia. Blastic refers to having more than 20 percent myeloblasts or lymphoblasts. Symptoms are similar to those of acute myeloid leukemia.