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

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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Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Leukemia (Definition)

Leukemia is a malignant hematologic neoplasm that originates in the bone marrow and represents a clonal proliferation of hematopoietic elements belonging to any of the myeloid, lymphoid, erythroid, and megakaryocytic lineages. Of note, other hematologic neoplasms like lymphoma or myeloma may demonstrate a leukemic phase without actually originating in the bone marrow ...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 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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Are there any new findings on chronic lymphocytic leukemia regarding preventive treatment /protocol to slow progression of disorder while asymptomtic?

Are there any new findings on chronic lymphocytic leukemia regarding preventive treatment /protocol to slow progression of  disorder while asymptomtic?

Yes (but...): Yes, but minimal and does not change the standard of care. Dr. Shanafelt and colleagues at mayo clinic have looked at green tea extract in rai 0-ii cll showing a 67% response rate. http://www.asco.org/ascov2/meetings/abstracts?&vmview=abst_detail_view&confid=74&abstractid=47574 -- conclusion: egcg containing green tea extracts may have potential as disease stabilizing agents... ...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?

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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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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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