Blastic phase of chronic myeloid leukemia (blCML): A proposal for standardization of diagnostic and response criteria
Leukemia, Myelogenous, Chronic, BCR-ABL Positive
The selection of optimal treatment among the alternatives that are available is especially difficult in blastic phase of chronic myeloid leukemia (blCML) because of the absence of universally agreed upon criteria for the diagnosis of this phase and the absence of definitions of response. Variable response rates, from less than 10 to greater than 90% have been reported, but the highest response rates, in general, have not been reproducible. The application of strict morphologic, cytogenetic, and molecular biologic studies should provide the means for selection of optimal treatment among the new therapies that will be introduced in the future.