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Best Cll Treatment
My mom diagnosed with CLL and m really worried for her . RBC count is fine so far . Doc suggested chemo therapy . Best solution ? Coral calcium helps?
Depends on stage: For the patient with early stge cll the treatment is only observatio, meaning no therapy. When the disease stage advances or complications such as infections or low blood counts develop, at that point chemotherapy is started. Type of chemo depends on patient age, activity and can range from oral pills to combination regimens. ...Read more
Nothing: The indication for cll therapy are the following: stage 3 (hemoglobin <10), stage 4 (platelets<100, 000). A rapid lymphocyte doubling time is also a reason. It should not be treated at rai stage 0 or 1. It is not curable, so treatment is given only when needed. If the leukemia starts bothering the patient, then time to treat the leukemia. Hope this helps. ...Read more
How should I expect to feel after an ivig treatment. I'm a 76 year old male living with cll thanks?
IVIG treatment: There are 2 ways to receive igg- IV or subcutaneous. Iv preparations, sometimes cause infusion reactions - headache, chills, rashes. Either the rate of infusion, certain premedications or changing the product can minimize these reactions. Once you receive a few doses, you should have more protection against common infections, which should help you feel better, due to less infections. ...Read more
What could cause my wbc to go from 2.9 to 5.0 in three weeks? I have CLL, but have had no treatment yet.
Mu: Likely nothing, just a normal variation. Less likely, infection. ...Read more
After 9 years of wait & watch with cll - my doctor wants to start treatment with a 6 cycle regimen of FCR drugs. Is this appropriate?
FCR is highly effect: FCR is a good regimen for patients who are fit and under 70 years of age because it does cause considerable suppression of blood counts. The long term results with FCR are very good. But do consider other options with news drugs which produce equally impressive results. An Example would be Ibrutinib used alone or in combination with Rituximab. You may seek a 2nd opinion to help you chose between v ...Read more
I've been on a wait & watch for cll for over 8 years. My WBC numbers have slowly reached 100k . What will determine if and when I receive treatment?
My 87 yr old sister has cll.will not take treatment. Has wax of 103,500.what are poss. Side effects?
CLL: CLL typically progresses more slowly than other types of leukemia. Prognosis depends on the disease stage at diagnosis as well as the presence or absence of high-risk markers. Most patients live 5-10 years, with a relatively benign course, which at her age does not sound too bad. Best of luck to both of you. ...Read more
Husband,57 has cll,no treatment yet; been told he has proteinuria, but kidneys ok. Can you tell us why, please? Connected to cll? Thank you.
Protenuria: The loss of protien in the urine ocurrs when the kidneys stop filtering blood correctly. A simplifed explanation is that the filter paper that make up the kidneys becomes more porus, allowing large protien molecules to pass. A typical cause of this is IgA nephropathy, which can be assocaited with lymphomas and CLL. Other common causes such as diabetes would need to be excluded. ...Read more