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Chronic lymphoblastic leukemia (cll) is cll terminal? Is there a cure?

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Dr. Agos Luca
Pathology
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In brief: See below...

Chronic lymphoblastic leukemia does not exist.
Cll stands for chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Lymphoblastic leukemias are acute.The only known complete cure for cll is stem cell transplantation; however, many patients do not need any form of therapy unless there are symptoms or adverse prognostic factors. Cll is usually not an aggressive form of leukemia and has a relatively good prognosis overall.

In brief: See below...

Chronic lymphoblastic leukemia does not exist.
Cll stands for chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Lymphoblastic leukemias are acute.The only known complete cure for cll is stem cell transplantation; however, many patients do not need any form of therapy unless there are symptoms or adverse prognostic factors. Cll is usually not an aggressive form of leukemia and has a relatively good prognosis overall.
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Dr. Bates Moses
Palliative Care

In brief: Variable

There is a variety of factors to consider and prognosis depends on several factors such as level of white blood cell counts, red cell counts, platelets, size of involved organs, and so on.
Some for some might be a few years, for others decades and may eventually die from something else. The oncologist can provide more detailed information but remember averages are just averages and may not apply.

In brief: Variable

There is a variety of factors to consider and prognosis depends on several factors such as level of white blood cell counts, red cell counts, platelets, size of involved organs, and so on.
Some for some might be a few years, for others decades and may eventually die from something else. The oncologist can provide more detailed information but remember averages are just averages and may not apply.
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Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology

In brief: CLL

Cll is a very slow growing type of cancer.
Most patients are diagnosed in the earlier stages of the disease and more than half of them will live a 12 years or longer with the disease. Often no treatment is needed at first. Treatment can be started if special genetic testing of the cancer cells shows a high-risk type or if the patient is very symptomatic. Treatment can include oral or IV chemotherapy or IV infusion of a special antibodies (rituxan (rituximab) or Campath ). Unfortunately, these treatments are not curative, but they can keep the disease in check for many years. The only known cure for cll is a bone marrow or stem cell transplant. A transplant is a difficult treatment to go through with a high risk for complications, so they are usually reserved for young patients, with high-risk disease.

In brief: CLL

Cll is a very slow growing type of cancer.
Most patients are diagnosed in the earlier stages of the disease and more than half of them will live a 12 years or longer with the disease. Often no treatment is needed at first. Treatment can be started if special genetic testing of the cancer cells shows a high-risk type or if the patient is very symptomatic. Treatment can include oral or IV chemotherapy or IV infusion of a special antibodies (rituxan (rituximab) or Campath ). Unfortunately, these treatments are not curative, but they can keep the disease in check for many years. The only known cure for cll is a bone marrow or stem cell transplant. A transplant is a difficult treatment to go through with a high risk for complications, so they are usually reserved for young patients, with high-risk disease.
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