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What Are The Tests For Cll
Fish test shows 70% trisomy 12 & 77% 3'igh. I have cll. What is significance? Am 66 y.O. Female with recent diagnosis &on watchful waiting.
Get a second opinion: Such cytogenetic abnormalities in cll means that your disease may not stay still under watchful waiting. I would suggest that you seek counseling from an expert in cll. These folks are few and far between. So you will need to consider going to a major cancer center that deals with cll. ...Read more
I have cll WBC 32000 - RBC and palnet in normal but appered in the last test atpical lymphocites 18%. Can I take any medicine to reduce this prsentag?
8yr old, diarrhea 1 week. Blood test with diff. All in the normal range except for few react. Lyphocytes & few smudge cells. What does it mean? CLL/ALL?
No: Probably diarrhea and reactive lymphocyte are secondary to viral infection, he need follow up with his doctor. ...Read more
Wbc platelets absolute lymphs all came back high for 3rd time. Dr.says she is gonna continue to do test 1 a month. Why? What's wrong? CLL or lymphoma?
More info needed: There is not enough info to determine the problem. Why were the blood tests done. Any symptoms or physical examination findings? We're the possinpble causes of the problems discussed with the health care provider? ...Read more
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
Cll lukemia (mother) just, went to have unrelated blood tests. High wwb lymphocyte absolute and monocyte absolute poss indication of the same?
I just received a blood test showing wbc's at 17.8, lymphocytes at 33%. Everything else was normal. There is no sign of a virus. Could this be cll?
Sounds pretty bad: Call my office in nyc to have this checked out. We have international patients who fly in to have this answered. ...Read more
Rapid vs slow: All is a rapidly progressive disease, that if left untreated will lead to a patient's death within a matter of days or months. Its hallmark is the presence of circulating very immature cells called blasts. It is curable, sometimes. Cll, on the other hand, has no circulating blasts, may not require treatment for a some time, is incurable, today, and it is rarely an immediate threat to someone's life. ...Read more
Enjoy life: Do the things you enjoy as long as they're good for you. Just like anyone else. Most cll isn't very aggressive. Don't give it more attention than it deserves. ...Read more
My last bloidwork showed smudge cells. I know cll is a possibility. Is all also a possibility? What elae can cause smudge cells?
Not of diagnostic va: Not of clear value. If your CBC is otherwise normal then smudge cells can be ignored. By themselves alone they are do not imply a diagnosis of cll or all. Tell us the results of your CBC and differential counts so that we can be more accurate in informing you what it all means. ...Read more
I have just been diagnosed with CLL and have a Pits count of 147 increased from 134 just 3 months ago. What do these levels mean?
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
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
Unknown: I'm not sure what "cll and a fib" stand for. A longer word would help. Besides that, ankles can swell for many reasons. Heart, lung, kidney, circulation, liver, lymph system can all cause swelling in the ankles. Patients on high blood pressure medicine often have swelling in the ankles as a side effect. See your medical doctor and get evaluated. ...Read more
My last bloodwork showed smudge cells. What percent of people with smudge cells actually have cll?
Can't be answered: How many healthy people get smudge cells depends mostly on how rough the technician is while preparing the smear, and how eager to call a few broken lymphocytes "smudge cells." if your absolute lymphocyte count is not way-high and you're not anemic and feel well, stop worrying. ...Read more
I was involved in a research study with baxter about 15 years ago. They were harvesting t-cells. I now have cll. Any correlation?
No: If they just took blood from you for whatever purpose (harvesting t cells or transfusion or other purpose), this should not create any adverse condition that would result in cll. ...Read more
Husband 57 has CLL. Hb 118, wbc165, neut6.3, pltlts170. Feels really well & fit- start FCR yet? This time last yr-Hb129 wbc115 neut7.4 PLT 146. Thank you.
Although: He feels well he should probably start treatment. Good luck stay in touch ...Read more
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
Not usually: Cll is often a disease without symptoms. Most people are diagnosed with an elevated blood count. Nausea can be seen when the disease is very advanced. If a patient with cll has vomiting they need a complete revaluation. ...Read more
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
Need to see all the: Results. How high is the count? What does the blood smear look like? A mild elevation of monocytes probably is not indication of any disease. Please note that all lab results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and your doctor is in the best position to do that. ...Read more
Possible!: I think you are referring to rai stage 0. This means you have elevated lymphocytes but with no enlarged lymph nodes or spleen. If not done, you would need ct scan to check for enlarged spleen which can cause bloating and feeling full quickly. However, these symptoms are atypical and less likely to be directly related to cll. Check with your oncologist! ...Read more
My cousin will be starting chemo for cll. Is it usual to have more of the protien than the chemo?
You mean protein?: Not sure what you are talking about. Please clarify. ...Read more
Have cll stage 0 recently diagnosed. Just lately have pain and abdomen is sensitive, left and middle of abdomen. Is ths related?
Rotten health fraud: Of all the quack cancer schemes, the b17 / laetrile fraud is at the bottom of the barrel. During its heyday, it generated over 100 new millionaires and continues to enrich those who perfectly well that it is fake by preying on your desperation. These people are utterly cynical, present themselves as persecuted humanitarians, and specifically target church people. Don't reward their evil. ...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