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Chronic myelogenous leukemia is a rare myeloproliferative disorder characterized by the excessive development of white blood cells in the spongy tissue found inside large bones of the body (bone marrow), spleen, liver and blood. As the disease progresses, the leukemic cells invade other areas of the body including the intestinal tract, kidneys, lungs, gonads and lymph nodes.

There are two phases to chronic myelogenous leukemia. The first phase, or chronic phase, is characterized by a slow, progressive overproduction of white blood cells. An advanced phase is called the acute phase or blast crisis. At this point, over 50 percent of the cells in the bone marrow are immature malignant cells (blast cells or promelocytes). In the acute phase, the leukemia is very aggressive and does not respond well to therapy. Approximately 85 percent of all individuals with chronic myelogenous leukemia enter the acute phase.

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Here are some charities and organizations relating to Organizations related to Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia:

American Cancer Society, Inc.
1599 Clifton Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30329

Phone #: 800-227-2345
Home page:
http://www.cancer.org

Cancer Information Service at Imperial Cancer Research Fund
PO Box 123
London Intl WCZA 3PX

Phone #: 020--72-693142
E-mail: CANCER.INFO@ICRF.ICNET.UK
Home page:
http://www.imperialcancer.co.uk

CancerNet- A service of the National Cancer Institute
6116 Exectutive Boulevard
Bethesda, MD 20892-8322

Phone #: 800-422-6237
Home page:
http://www.cancer.gov.cis

Children's Leukemia Research Association
585 Stewart Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530

Phone #: 516-222-1944
Home page:
http://www.childrensleukemia.org/index.html


International Bone Marrow Transplant Registry
Autologous Blood & Marrow Transplant Registry
Milwaukee, WI 53226

Phone #: 414-456-8325
E-mail: ibmtr@mcw.edu
Home page:
http://www.ibmtr.org


Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
1311 Mamaroneck Ave
White Plains, NY 10605

Phone #: 800-955-4572
E-mail: infocenter@LLS.org
Home page:
http://www.LLS.org


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