On one day, 22 September 2015, one community across the globe stands together to raise awareness about one life changing reality – living with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). On World CML Day simultaneous events, publications and meetings are taking place on all continents. All activities are being coordinated by the CML Advocates Network, a patient-run network comprised of more than 100 patient advocacy groups in nearly 80 countries.
« Advances in treatment and care have transformed CML into a disease where patients, if treated effectively, have the chance to live a normal and long life. However, there are still huge challenges for patients with CML, which also vary from region to region », said Jan Geissler, CML patient and co-founder of the CML Advocates Network. These challenges, like access to high quality therapies and diagnostics, treatment according to expert recommendations, adherence to therapy, effective side effect management, and development of a cure can only be tackled in partnership between patients, healthcare providers and researchers.
CML patients mobilize across the globe for the 8th year in a row, whereby this year´s campaign motto is: TODAY, TOGETHER.
CML is caused by the change of chromosomes 9 and 22, which is why World CML Day (9/22) carries a symbolic significance for the patient community. The day was initiated in 2008 by the patient community to bring awareness about patients’ needs to the general public, politicians, and medical professionals across the world.
More about World CML Day and the CML Advocates Network