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    Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Patient Information [NCI] - General Information About Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia


    Certain factors affect treatment options and prognosis (chance of recovery).

    Treatment options depend on:

    • The stage of the disease.
    • Red blood cell, white blood cell, and platelet blood counts.
    • Whether there are signs or symptoms, such as fever, chills, or weight loss.
    • Whether the liver, spleen, or lymph nodes are larger than normal.
    • The response to initial treatment.
    • Whether the CLL has recurred (come back).

    The prognosis (chance of recovery) depends on:

    • Whether there is a change in the DNA and the type of change, if there is one.
    • Whether lymphocytes are spread throughout the bone marrow.
    • The stage of the disease.
    • Whether the CLL gets better with treatment or has recurred (come back).
    • Whether the CLL progresses to lymphoma or prolymphocytic leukemia.
    • The patient's general health.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Public Information from the National Cancer Institute

    Last Updated: May 28, 2015
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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