Dear John Sample,
Your doctor has most likely spoken to you about potential side effects of your chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) treatment. If you do experience any side effects, even if you are unsure if they are related to your treatment, it is important that you report them to your doctor—only you can describe your side effects and how they may be impacting your daily activities. This will allow you and your doctor
to have a good discussion about options for dealing with
Daily feedback your doctor will appreciate
Using the CML Treatment Companion makes it simple to record side effects day by day. It can help you provide the kind of detailed information—on severity, frequency, and any changes you may notice—that will help you and your doctor have more productive conversations.
Your experience with CML treatment is as individual as you are
If you do experience side effects, be sure to track and report them right away. It's the best way for your doctor to have a picture of how you're doing and discuss with you if they are having an impact on your daily activities. Your doctor may try to manage side effects with other medications, or by adjusting your dose or interrupting your current medication. In some cases, your doctor may change your treatment. Talk with your doctor before making any changes in your CML treatment or your use of other medicines. You owe it to yourself to work closely with your doctor to find the best treatment plan for you.
Make the most of every visit
- Use the CML Treatment-Related Side Effects: Doctor Discussion Guide and CML Treatment Companion.
- In addition to your concern about treatment side effects, make sure you clearly understand your treatment testing and recommended goals.
- Write down everything you want to discuss beforehand.
Talk openly and often with your doctor so you can take an active role in your CML care.