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New Video Focuses on Role of PCR Testing for CML Patients

Posted by lynnesmith in The LLS Blog, 22 September 2014 · 67 views

For a patient with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), it's a welcome milestone to find you’ve responded well to medication and have achieved molecular response. However, when it comes to long-term follow-up, there's more to be done.

A new educational video launched today by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) points out the importance of regularly scheduled molecular tests that detect the BCR-ABL gene that defines the disease. The 8-minute clip, "Chronic Myeloid Leukemia: The Role of PCR Testing,” is posted on YouTube and gives an overview of the monitoring process and the importance of communicating with your physician or other health professional.

The video focuses on Paul, a CML survivor, and a conversation he initiates with his (real life) doctor, Alison W. Loren at the Abramson Cancer Center, Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Loren shares important information about the PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test, which is routinely performed every three months as a part of ongoing monitoring. She notes that the sensitive molecular test allows for the doctor to detect any changes in a patient's blood before the patient would realize anything is going on.

She also talks to Paul about the importance of taking his prescribed medication every day so he doesn't lose his response.

The video was posted today in recognition of International CML Awareness Day and is available on YouTube.

For information on other videos, publications, online chats, a blog, discussion board and educational programs related to CML, click here.

Additional videos will be made available over the next two months, including a series for young adults with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a short clip on myelofibrosis, and an update on treatments and side effects for myeloma patients.
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