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can you tell me what chronic lymphocytic leukemia (cll) is?

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
CLL: Cll is an indolent (slow-growing) cancer in which too many immature lymphocytes (white blood cells) are found mostly in the blood and bone marrow and lymph glands . Watchful waiting is majority done until any indication present to start treatment. However, there is subtype of cll which behaves more agressively and requires treatment to be started earlier. See more at : www.Lls.Org, www.Cancer.Gov.
Dr. Agos Luca
Specializes in Pathology
See below...: Cll stands for chronic lymphocytic leukemia, a form of blood cancer. Cll is usually not an aggressive form of leukemia and has a relatively good prognosis overall. Many patients are asymptomatic for a long period of time (years) and do not need any form of therapy unless there are symptoms or adverse prognostic factors.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

I have chronic lymphocytic leukemia. What can I do to fight against this disease?

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Dr. David Rizzieri
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
Keep informed: New therapies are available for this disease. When to use these depends on your specific risk features (you will learn terms such as genetic risks for chr 17 or chr 11, cd 38 protein on the cell surface, mutation status of the cll cells) and requires an in-depth discussion with your doctor. Many options are available in addition to you ensuring you exercise regularly and have good nutrition.
A 27-year-old member asked:

What sort of disease is chronic lymphocytic leukemia (c.L.L.)?

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Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
CLL: Cll is a clonal disorder (cancer) of the white blood cells (specifically lymphocytes) in the blood (= -emia part). Other leukemias include cml, aml, all, etc. Cll is often diagnosed by flow cytometry on peripheral blood. Additional studies may include ct scans and bone marrow biopsy. One staging system is rai 0 to iv. Treatment ranges from observation (rai 0-1) to various tx individualized to pt.
A 29-year-old member asked:

Chronic lymphocytic leukemia is a very slow disease?

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
Majority, not all: Majority, cll is an indolent, slow-progressing disease. However, not all of them behaving like that. There are different biology of cll that makes certain cll cases are more agressive than we used to think. Discuss with your hematologist/oncologist in detail regarding prognostic factors etc.
A 31-year-old member asked:

How long will a person live after being diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia?

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
D/W yourHematologist: It depends on the biology /prgnostic factors of the cll. In majority cases, cll is an indolent disease/slowly progressing disease and patients will live for many years with the disease. However there are certain biology of cll that are behaving more agressively and requiring teatment usually earlier. Discuss in detail with your hematologist/oncologist.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What causes people to get chronic lymphocytic leukemia?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Mostly unknown: Cll affects older white men more that other parts of the population and the cause is unknown in most cases. Exposure to certain herbicides and insecticides, including agent orange used during the vietnam war, have been linked to an increased risk. For more information consult: http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia/ds00565/dsection=risk.

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