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How many years do you have to have it before you are called "chronic" in chronic lymphocytic leukemia?

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Dr. Merry Jennifer Markham
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: Good question

Even at the time of diagnosis, a patient with this cancer is said to have "chronic lymphocytic leukemia, " so the amount of time is not the determining factor. Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (cll) refers to an often slow-growing leukemia that likely develops over time, in contrast to acute leukemia (which develops rapidly and must be treated rapidly).

In brief: Good question

Even at the time of diagnosis, a patient with this cancer is said to have "chronic lymphocytic leukemia, " so the amount of time is not the determining factor. Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (cll) refers to an often slow-growing leukemia that likely develops over time, in contrast to acute leukemia (which develops rapidly and must be treated rapidly).
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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology

In brief: Nothing like that

In many cases, cll is an indolent disease- a slowly progressing disease.
People can have it for many years. However, there are certain biology of cll that are more agressive-where people can die rapidly within a few years from diagnosis, from complications or causes directly related to cll. There is no acute or chronic classification of cll.. D/w your md regarding prognostic factors etc.

In brief: Nothing like that

In many cases, cll is an indolent disease- a slowly progressing disease.
People can have it for many years. However, there are certain biology of cll that are more agressive-where people can die rapidly within a few years from diagnosis, from complications or causes directly related to cll. There is no acute or chronic classification of cll.. D/w your md regarding prognostic factors etc.
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