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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)

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

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What does chronic lymphocytic leukemia do to your body?

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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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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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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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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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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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