Chronic myelomonocytic leukaemia: A concise clinical and pathophysiological review

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Abstract

Chronic myelomonocytic leukaemia (CMML) is a clonal haematopoietic stem cell disorder with myelodysplastic and myeloproliferative overlap features, and an inherent tendency to transform to acute myeloid leukaemia. Approximately 30% of patients present with clonal cytogenetic abnormalities, while almost 90% have molecular aberrations involving epigenetic regulation, the spliceosome component machinery, tumour suppressor genes and transcription factors/regulators. Numerous prognostic models exist for CMML, with more recent models incorporating prognostic mutations, such as those involving ASXL1. Other variables that seem to consistently affect outcomes include the degree of leucocytosis/monocytosis, anaemia and thrombocytopenia. Allogeneic stem cell transplant remains the only curative option for CMML, while hypomethylating agents can be used for transplant-ineligible patients or those without suitable stem cell sources. Targeting biological pathways activated in CMML offers potential hope for more effective and less toxic therapies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)273-286
Number of pages14
JournalBritish journal of haematology
Volume165
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2014

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Keywords

  • ASXL1
  • Allogeneic stem cell transplant
  • Chronic myelomonocytic leukaemia
  • Hypomethylating agents
  • Prognosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology

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