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Chronic Myeloid Leukemia Therapy

This article was published in December 2008 as part of the special ASH anniversary brochure, 50 Years in Hematology: Research That Revolutionized Patient Care.

Many advances in the treatment of cancer can be traced to the therapy of leukemia. The development of a specific therapy for chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) is a remarkable story of scientific discovery that proved that a precise understanding of the molecular cause of a cancer can lead to an effective and non-toxic "targeted" treatment.