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Is likely that chronic lymphocytic leukemia (cll) live?

Is likely that chronic lymphocytic leukemia (cll) live?

Yes: Many CLL patient's live a long and productive life. Having said that it is a leukemia , it will eventually need therapy. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Will chronic lymphocytic leukemia (cll) at stage 0 progress to stage 1, 2, 3 or 4?

Will chronic lymphocytic leukemia (cll) at stage 0 progress to stage 1, 2, 3 or 4?

Sometimes: Rai stage 0 cll infrequently progresses to higher-stage disease. The median survival is at least 130 months as reported in 2009: http://asheducationbook.Hematologylibrary.Org/content/2009/1/421/t2.Expansion.Html the disease is "heterogeneous, " which means that different patients have different experiences, making progression hard to predict in any one individual. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Cll lukemia (mother) just, went to have unrelated blood tests ..High wwb lymphocyte absolute and monocyte absolute poss indication of the same?

Cll lukemia (mother) just, went to have unrelated blood tests ..High wwb lymphocyte absolute and monocyte absolute poss indication of the same?

Need more details: We can help you more exactly if you send us the detailed blood count report(cbc report). Moreover your doctor would have explained all of this to you or to your mother. But we can do it again if you send us the report of her complete blood counts(cbc). ...Read more

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Chronic lymphoblastic leukemia (cll) is cll terminal? Is there a cure?

Chronic lymphoblastic leukemia (cll) is cll terminal? Is there a cure?

See below...: Chronic lymphoblastic leukemia does not exist. Cll stands for chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Lymphoblastic leukemias are acute.The only known complete cure for cll is stem cell transplantation; however, many patients do not need any form of therapy unless there are symptoms or adverse prognostic factors. Cll is usually not an aggressive form of leukemia and has a relatively good prognosis overall. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for leukemia (cll) at stage zero?

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

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Is cll leukemia curable?

Is cll leukemia curable?

Only sometimes...: I agree cll is not curable for most patients. For some patients who are robust, a consultation at a marrow /stem cell transplant center is warranted as there are investigational approaches that have helped some patients, some who appear cured. A note of caution- bone marrow transplant is the riskiest thing one can do to try to treat this disease and may lead to earlier death though. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of someone with cll leukemia?

Usually many yrs: Many pts survive many years with this diagnosis./ your doctor likely discussed the genetic tests and blood work that can help define the rate of progression expected with current therapy. A small percentage have a rapid course of disease. ...Read more

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What is cll leukemia?

What is cll leukemia?

See below: Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (cll) is one of the chronic lymphoproliferative disorders (lymphoid neoplasms). It is characterized by a progressive accumulation of functionally incompetent lymphocytes, which are monoclonal in origin. It's course can be indolent, lasting for decades or rapidly progressive. ...Read more

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Which is the best site to keep up to date about cll leukemia?

Which is the best site to keep up to date about cll leukemia?

Few good ones: No one site is tops but the one to follow are: american cancer society (www.Cancer.Org), asco (www.Cancer.Net), nmdp (www.Marrow.Org), www.Focusoncll.Org. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Grandpa has bladder cancer and CLL leukemia. What causes these? So i know what to do to avoid ever developing either of these

Grandpa has bladder cancer and CLL leukemia. What causes these? So i know what to do to avoid ever developing either of these

Preventention of Can: Cancer is primarily a disease of the older age groups (>65 year olds). From that perspective you are too young to worry about it. yet there are precautions you can/should take to reduce your risk of developing cancer. This requires you to live a Healthy lifestyle, meaning a healthy Diet(ample vegies and fruits) and regular exercise so that your weight is normal; stay away from Smoking and alcohol ...Read more

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My doctor says I don't have cll but hairy cell leukemia? What is that?

A chronic leukemia: Hairy Cell Leukemia is another type of chronic leukemia (not CLL - chronic lymphocytic leukemia) and can be effectively treated. Presenting symptoms can be quite different and a challenge for diagnosis. Treatment has been very good. See site for info: https://www.lls.org/content/nationalcontent/resourcecenter/freeeducationmaterials/leukemia/pdf/hairycellleukemia.pdf ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my doctor says I don't have cll but hairy cell leukemia?

What do you suggest if my doctor says I don't have cll but hairy cell leukemia?

Consult: Nowadays, every leukemia is typed by flow cytometry. Get with the laboratory and a hematologist who's at a major center. Hairy cell is extremely manageable nowadays. ...Read more

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Mother has cll leukemia dr told her not to get a shingles shot (after the fact she already got one) what is the reasoning ?

Attenuated virus: Your mother's immune system is somewhat suppressed due to her cll and perhaps her treatment. The shingles shot virus easily succumbs to normal immunity but when suppressed, it might get out of hand and actually launch an attack. If several weeks have passed and there is no problem, then there is nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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The doctors think my grandpa's bladder cancer spread to his brain but how? He hasnt had bladder cancer in about 6 months. He does have CLL leukemia

The doctors think my grandpa's bladder cancer spread to his brain but how? He hasnt had bladder cancer in about 6 months. He does have CLL leukemia

Probable bladder met: CLL usually remains dormant for long periods. Ive had several patients with bladder Ca with mets to brain. Prior to treatment of the primary bladder lesion which can control disease either by fulguration and or BCG some tumor cells may have invaded blood system. Cells in blood have reservoir in bone marrow and as such 6 mo. after primary treatment cells leave marrow to implant in brain ...Read more

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Mom has Leukemia (CLL) WBC count 50k and recent test rose approx. 10k to 60K, had it for 3 years. Need for concern? diagnosed at 23k about 3 years ago

Mom has Leukemia (CLL) WBC count 50k and recent test rose approx. 10k to 60K, had it for 3 years. Need for concern? diagnosed at 23k about 3 years ago

Not necessarily: Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) is usually an indolent slowly progressive disease that may take up to 10-15 years before requiring some form of treatment. The WBC count may rise up or go down depending on many other reasons. Certain tests are used by the hematologist to distinguish a group of patients who may have a more rapidly aggressive course - del17p or unmutated IgVH or Zap70+ and CD38+. ...Read more

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Chronic lymphocytic leukemia is a very slow disease?

Chronic lymphocytic leukemia is a very slow disease?

Can be: Based on the genetic factors of the leukemia (cll) it can be a slow-growing disease that may not require therapy for a long time, if ever. ...Read more

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What're the effects of chronic lymphocytic leukemia?

See below: Cll is form of blood cancer, usually a slowly progressing one. It may cause fever, enlarged lymph nodes, weight loss, anemia etc. See this site for more info. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001559/. ...Read more

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How to determine chronic lymphocytic leukemia stages?

Your oncologist can: Ask your treating doctor. The stages of cll are based on the extent of disease which requires both blood tests as well as physical exam and ct scans of the chest and abdomen to look for lymph node enlargement and or splenomegaly. ...Read more

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What does chronic lymphocytic leukemia do to your body?

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What does chronic lymphocytic leukemia do to your body?

Depends on the stage: In early case, patient will be asymptomatic and the only thing abnormal is the blood test. In later stage- one can have low blood counts (anemia, low platelet), fatigue , tired, lack of energy, bruising easily/bleeding also, you could feel lymph nodes enlargement on the neck, arm pits, groin etc as cll involves more to the lymph nodes. Increase abdominal girth, fever, chils, weight loss can happen. ...Read more

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What causes people to get chronic lymphocytic leukemia?

What causes people to get chronic lymphocytic leukemia?

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. ...Read more

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How long do people live with Chronic lymphocytic leukemia?

How long do people live with Chronic lymphocytic leukemia?

Depends: There are a lot of subtypes. One of my best friends has had it for 25 years and is still glowering fine. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: chronic lymphocytic leukemia?

CLL: Simplisticly it is an overgrowth of lymphocytes. Since these cells are usually slow growing the disease tends to progress at a relatively slow rate compared to other types of leukemias and in general may take years to begin to harm a patient. Treatment is usually withheld until the patient becomes symptomatic. ...Read more

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What're the chances of someone inheriting chronic lymphocytic leukemia?

Rare: There have been familial cases reported and my partner and i had a brother and a sister. The brother has never required therapy yet but the sister did. Mayo clinic is doing a study on familial cases. Mainly taking blood and studying it. It is an ongoing study so the results are not available yet. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: chronic lymphocytic leukemia ivgh?

What is the definition or description of: chronic lymphocytic leukemia ivgh?

A test 2 assess risk: The correct name is igvh mutational status assay. This is a gene test performed only on leukemic cells of patients with cll to assess risk of progression, and death from cll. The readout is either mutated (which is favorable) or unmutated (unfavorable). Igvh mutations happen during the normal generation of antibodies in white cells. ...Read more

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How typical is it for a 24 years old male to have chronic lymphocytic leukemia?

Yes, very rare: Chronic lymphocytic leukemia(cll) is a cancer of the elderly folks but it can occur in middle aged folks too. It is very rare before the age of 30. ...Read more

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

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

Options available: There are a lot of treatment options available. However not everybody with cll need to get treated right away at the first initial diagnosis. There are some indications to start one on therapy. Nowadays, treatment is personalized and tailored to the biology of the cancer. There are some prognostic/predictive markers that can be tested to guide treatment selection, discuss with your oncologist. ...Read more

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Can someone in there early 40s with early chronic lymphocytic leukemia get cured?

See below...: The only known complete cure for cll is stem cell transplantation; however, many patients do not need any form of therapy in the beginning and treatment is only started if the patient develops symptoms or adverse prognostic factors are present. Cll is usually not an aggressive form of leukemia and has a relatively good prognosis overall. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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How long can someone in their early 40s with early chronic lymphocytic leukemia live?

It depends : This often is a disease that has a very long survival. There are ways to predict survival such as extent of disease and markers on the cells, such as zap-70. I would review these with your doctor to get the details for your case. ...Read more

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For what length of time can someone in there early 40s with chronic lymphocytic leukemia live?

For what length of time can someone in there early 40s with chronic lymphocytic leukemia live?

A long time: The old but tried an true prognostic test is the lymphocyte doubling time. That i, the length if time it takes for the count to go up times two. There are other lab markers that reflect higher risk disease. Discuss with your doc as more aggressive options when needed in a younger patient. ...Read more

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How long can someone in there early 40s with chronic lymphocytic leukemia live? Another 20 years?

How long can someone in there early 40s with chronic lymphocytic leukemia live?  Another 20 years?

Possible, but varies: The prognosis of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (cll) depends on factors such as the genetics of the cll and the stage among other things. With good prognostic signs some patients with cll can have an average survival of at least 10 years and many will live for 20 or more years. On the other hand the disease can be more aggressive with adverse indicators. ...Read more

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Is it common for a 28 years old male to have chronic lymphocytic leukemia? What is the usual age?

Happens, not common: Cll is considered to be mainly a disease of the elderly, with a median age at diagnosis of 70 years , however, it is not unusual to make this diagnosis in younger individuals from 30 to 39 years of age. The incidence increases rapidly with increasing age. ...Read more

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For what length of time can someone in there early 40s with early chronic lymphocytic leukemia live?

A long time: The old but tried an true prognostic test is the lymphocyte doubling time. That i, the length if time it takes for the count to go up times two. There are other lab markers that reflect higher risk disease. Discuss with your doc as more aggressive options when needed in a younger patient. ...Read more

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How Long will I live with Chronic lymphocytic Leukemia? I am 30 years old. I am ZAP-70 negative and I am in stage 0. The disease in indolent and not aggressive.

How Long will I live with Chronic lymphocytic Leukemia? I am 30 years old. I am ZAP-70 negative and I am in stage 0. The disease in indolent and not aggressive.

Not to Worry: If a single case makes any difference, I've had CLL since my 30s and am in my 60s, still Stage 0, of course no treatment.
I expect a cure to be given to Stage 0 patients in ten years and near 100% successful treatments to those with progression in the next five years.
Continue to have FISH tests every few years to keep track of your risk factors. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Soc. has support groups. ...Read more