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Can ccl cause othe types of cancers? cousin has ccl and has a skn cancer. test results slow to come back. dr. said might be because of ccl.

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Dr. Shaad Abdullah answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology

If you are referring to cll as in chronic lymphocytic leukemia then the answer is that cll does in rare situations predispose the body to develop cancer. Cll if of a certain degree of severity and it's treatment can cause a deficiency in the immune system which can make the body vulnerable to cancer. Though treatment of cll can not be avoided sometimes depending upon the stage.

Answered Sep 15, 2015

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Dr. Lauren Stegman answered

Specializes in Radiation Oncology

Cll (chronic lymphocytic leukemia) does increase the risk of developing skin cancers, both melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers, also known as cutaneous squamous cell or basal cell carcinomas. Some studies have reported that cll patients have up to double the risk of these cancers as compared to the general population. These cancers can sometimes be more aggressive in cll patients as well.

Answered Sep 5, 2013

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