You certainly didn't ask for chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). But once you have it, you'll want to take charge as much as you can. Most likely that's why you're here.
You already know that your doctor is your most important source of information about your condition and your treatment. But at the same time, managing CML treatment is a collaborative effort, and you'll want to work closely as an active partner with your team of healthcare professionals.
Doctor's appointments: Make the most of the conversation
Every day is important when you're being treated for CML. But your doctor's appointments in particular take some preparation. You'll want to learn all you can about CML—the condition, the tests, and the side effects—so you can have a real dialogue. And you'll want to know what you need to get out of each doctor visit—and how to come away with the information and explanations you need. You'll find help and suggestions here.
The CML Treatment Companion™: Share the right information
Right on this site, you'll find an organized way to record the kind of detailed information—for example, the severity and frequency of side effects and any changes you notice—that may help make your conversations with your doctor more productive. You'll also have a place to note test results and upcoming appointments.
Once upon a time that would have taken some work. But the CML Treatment Companion makes it simple. Simple to enroll. Simple to enter your information. Simple to print out clear displays to share with your oncologist.
Questions for your oncologist: Get the answers you need
Once you're enrolled, take along a personalized printout from your CML Treatment Companion, documenting tests, side effects—and print out your own customized discussion guide based on the information you've entered. Or you can print this general list of questions for your doctor and ask only the questions that are relevant to you.
Our CML blog: Keep up to date with CML
And don't forget our blog, CML Currents™, which helps you in 2 ways. It helps you keep current with CML. And it includes a diversity of topics to satisfy a variety of interests. It's easy to read and timely, with information you