Multiple tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) are available for managing patients with chronic myeloid leukemia. Although most patients have a favorable outcome with their initial therapy, whether imatinib or a second-generation TKI was used, some will require subsequent use of one or more different TKIs. Such sequencing might be indicated in a reactive way (ie, for patients who have experienced resistance or intolerance to their initial therapy) or in a proactive way (ie, for patients with a somewhat favorable outcome who have not reached an "optimal" outcome). Sequencing of TKIs has become standard practice, and the proper use of sequenced TKIs is likely to optimize outcomes and resource utilization.
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