We use cookies to study and improve the user experience offered by the site. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our cookie policy.

Elías

THE ADVANCES IN CHRONIC MYELOID LEUKAMIA ARE AMAZING

Elías is 56 years old and four years ago he was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia during a routine check-up. "I had no symptoms but I hadn't had a check-up for a while," explains Elías, "and whack! Leukaemia."

Paciente Elías 1

Elías is checked every six months to control minimum residual disease* but he's perfect. "There's no news" says Dr Tomás Navarro, his haematologist. He's been taking Imatinib and he feels fine. "At first I had muscular pains, but not anymore. I was very scared and to be honest when I arrived at this floor of the hospital and saw people who were ill, with no hair, I was terror-stricken but I'm lucky I haven't had to go through an aggressive treatment like a transplant**", says Elías. His wife Montse, who is sitting beside him, nods calmly.

Paciente Elías 2

Paciente Elías 3

Dr Navarro explains that up until recently chronic myeloid leukemia patients needed a transplant. The results were very bad and only 10% of patients were cured with interferon. Now, thanks to Glivic, positive response to treatment is around 80%. The progress we've witnessed in the last 10 years is amazing.

Paciente Elías 4

*Minimal residual disease refers to a small amount of malignant cells that remain after cancer-eradication treatment. That is to say, the disease remains below the detectable level using conventional techniques.

**Unfortunately this fantastic drug is only effective in chronic myeloid leukaemia; other types of leukaemia cannot benefit from its effect.

Help people like Elías by becoming a member of the cure for leukaemia and haematological malignacies, HERE.  You will help us to continue our research so that one day these diseases will be 100% curable.  With only a little you can do so much. Thank you!

Find out more about bone marrow donation, HERE 

Webpage updated 12/16/2017 07:52:07