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Treatment-Free Remission in Chronic Myeloid Leukemia: Can We Identify Prognostic Factors?

Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) is a blood cancer. Unlike other cancers CML treatment is lifelong and many patients experience side effects. For those patients who respond well to treatment and achieve deep molecular remission, quality of life is impacted because of continuous treatment. In this review, we look at emerging clinical trials which aim to investigate which patients can safely stop treatment. Treatment-free remission is the ultimate goal for CML patients, but there is still a gap in our knowledge as to why some patients can achieve treatment-free remission, while others relapse when treatment is stopped. Here we discuss if there are any prognostic factors that can predict the best candidates who qualify for treatment discontinuation, with a view to keeping them in remission.

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