Call your doctor to schedule an
appointment if you have any symptoms, such as:
A new lump or swollen gland in your neck, under your arm, or in
Frequent nosebleeds, bleeding from the gums or rectum, more
frequent bruising, or very heavy menstrual bleeding.
Unexplained appetite loss or recent weight loss.
Feeling tired a lot without a known reason.
Swelling and pain on the left side of the belly.
Watchful waiting is a period when your
doctor is checking you regularly but not treating you. It is also called
observation or surveillance. It means that you and your doctor will watch to
see if you develop symptoms. It may be a treatment choice if you are an older
adult, depending on the stage of the leukemia and your overall health.
For more information from the National Cancer Institute about chronic lymphocytic leukemia, see the following:
Leukemia Home Page
What You Need to Know About™ Leukemia
Drugs Approved for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
Targeted Cancer Therapies
Understanding Cancer Series: Targeted Therapies
Biological Therapies for Cancer: Questions and Answers
For general cancer information and other resources from the National Cancer Institute, see the following:
What You Need to K...
Watchful waiting may give as good or better results than more aggressive
treatment for early stage
chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). It is estimated
that 1 out of 3 people who have CLL never need treatment.3
People who have chronic lymphocytic leukemia often live for a long time without
treatment. Watchful waiting is not usually recommended for other types of
During watchful waiting, you will:
Have regular appointments with your doctor.
Have regular medical tests, including scans and blood
Be told which symptoms to report to your doctor
Who To See
Health professionals who can evaluate symptoms of
leukemia include the following: