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How do doctors diagnose chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)?

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If you have one or more swollen lymph nodes, your doctor may ask:

Your doctor will give you a blood test if he thinks you may have CLL. The results show how many lymphocytes, platelets, and red and white cells are in your blood.

  • Have you had any recent infections?
  • Have you had a recent injury?
  • Do you have an immune system disease?
  • Have you had fever?
  • Are you short of breath?
  • Have you lost weight without trying to?
  • What medications do you take?

From: Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Leukemia -- Chronic Lymphocytic," "Lymph Nodes and Cancer."

Annals of Oncology , October 2004.

FDA: "FDA approves new drug for chronic lymphocytic leukemia in patients with a specific chromosomal abnormality."

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: "Cancer-Related Fatigue Facts," "Managing Side Effects," "Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia," "Support Groups."

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: "Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia."

National Cancer Institute: "Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Treatment (PDQ)."

Up to Date: "Patient information: Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) in adults (Beyond the Basics)."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on December 25, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Leukemia -- Chronic Lymphocytic," "Lymph Nodes and Cancer."

Annals of Oncology , October 2004.

FDA: "FDA approves new drug for chronic lymphocytic leukemia in patients with a specific chromosomal abnormality."

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: "Cancer-Related Fatigue Facts," "Managing Side Effects," "Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia," "Support Groups."

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: "Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia."

National Cancer Institute: "Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Treatment (PDQ)."

Up to Date: "Patient information: Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) in adults (Beyond the Basics)."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on December 25, 2018

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