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People with CML may experience the following symptoms or signs. Sometimes, people with CML do not show any of these symptoms. Or, these symptoms may be caused by a medical condition that is not cancer. If you are concerned about a symptom or sign on this list, please talk with your doctor.
- Fatigue or weakness, such as shortness of breath while doing everyday activities
- Excessive sweating, especially at night
- Weight loss
- Abdominal swelling or discomfort due to an enlarged spleen. This may be particularly noticeable in the upper left part of the abdomen.
CML progresses slowly, and symptoms may not appear for a long time. The symptoms are usually mild at first and get worse slowly. Some people do not have any symptoms when they are diagnosed with CML.
Your doctor will ask you questions about the symptoms you are experiencing to help find out the cause of the problem, called a diagnosis. This may include how long you've been experiencing the symptom(s) and how often.
If leukemia is diagnosed, relieving symptoms and side effects remains an important part of care and treatment. This may also be called symptom management, palliative care, or supportive care. Be sure to talk with your health care team about symptoms you experience, including any new symptoms or a change in symptoms.