Current and emerging treatment options in chronic myeloid leukemia

Elias Jabbour, Jorge E. Cortes, Francis J. Giles, Susan O'Brien, Hagop M. Kantarjian

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

109 Scopus citations


Treatments for chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) represent a success story in molecular medicine. The development of imatinib, a tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) targeted against the causative Bcr-Abl oncoprotein in CML, has resulted in hematologic and cytogenetic remissions in all phases of CML. A significant proportion of patients are resistant to imatinib or develop resistance during treatment. This is often a result of mutated forms of the Bcr-Abl oncoprotein to which imatinib is unable to bind. Several strategies have been developed to overcome the problem of imatinib resistance, including high-dose imatinib, novel targeted agents, and combination treatments. Novel agents include dasatinib, a potent TKI that inhibits several critical oncogenic proteins and which has recently been approved for patients with CML who are resistant or intolerant to imatinib; and nilotinib, a potent selective Bcr-Abl kinase inhibitor currently in clinical development. Other agents in development include SKI-606 and INNO-406. Stem cell transplantation remains a useful option, although it is not generally used as first-line treatment. Overall, there are an increasing number of treatment options available for patients with CML.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2171-2181
Number of pages11
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jun 1 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Dasatinib
  • Imatinib
  • Leukemia
  • Myeloid
  • Philadelphia-positive

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


Dive into the research topics of 'Current and emerging treatment options in chronic myeloid leukemia'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this