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

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).
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.