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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.
Dr. Lester Thompson
Pathology 33 years experience
Blood cancer: Cll is the abbreviation of this low grade leukemia/lymphoma. There are specific treatments. You generally dont know you have it, although you may be tired or fatigued.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What is acute lymphoblastic leukemia (all)?

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Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 34 years experience
Lymph system cancer: Lymphocytes are normal cells of the immune system that protects the body from infection. When these cells become cancerous, they grow out of control in the bone marrow, blood and other organs. All is very common in children but can occur in adults. With children, it is truly one of our success stories thanks to clinical trials with cure rates above 90%. Adults do not do as well.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Can you have leukemia and not anemia?

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Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Yes: Advanced leukemia of any sort (aml, all, cml, cll) can lead to anemia. However, early leukemia (rai 0 cll) may not result in anemia.
A 53-year-old member asked:

I want to know what is the difference between anemia and leukemia?

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Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Different cells: Emia = blood. An-emia = lack of red blood cells (low hgb) associated with fatigue leukocytosis = more white blood cells (WBC) in the blood. One cause of leukocytosis is an increase in WBC cancer cell called leukemia.
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A 42-year-old member asked:

Is it possible for someone to have leukemia and not anemia?

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Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 34 years experience
Yes: Depending on the type of leukemia, this is possible. For example, chronic lymphocytic leukemia is a slowly prgressive disease and it may take a while before the marrow becomes significantly involved to the point of affecting the red blood cells. Also, in the early stages of leukemia, anemia may not be present.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Could the disease leukopenia lead to leukemia?

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Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 34 years experience
Possibly: There are a lot of reasons for leukopenia. Usually isolated low white cells is not a sign of leukemia if the red blood cells and the platelets also found in blood are fine. Leukopenia develops in leukemia because all the bone marrow cells that eventually end up in the blood stream are crowded out by leukemia cells.

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