In view of World Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML) Day which falls on 22/9, for the past two weeks, CML patients and volunteers from Max Family Society Malaysia had taken the opportunity to celebrate the doctors who have been doing a great job in providing medical and emotional assistance in helping the CML patients to manage their condition. The doctors were treated to some good food, and gifts were distributed to them as a token of appreciation.
During the celebration, patients and volunteers also brought up the topic of disease monitoring for discussion with the doctors. In CML, PCR test is one of the most important test that detect, and sometimes to quantify, Bcr-Abl (indicator of CML) in bone marrow cells of patients with CML It's a fruitful discussion as patients get to hear from the doctors the importance of the test, how frequent the test should be carried out and what can be done to raise awareness about the importance of PCR monitoring test.
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