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How is small lymphocytic lymphoma treated?

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If you have no symptoms, your doctor might recommend "watchful waiting." During this period, they'll monitor you and start treatment if the disease starts to get worse.

For treatment, you have several options:

Clinical trials test new drugs and treatments like stem cell transplants to see if they're safe and if they work. Your doctor can tell you if one of these trials might be a good fit for you.

  • Chemotherapy
  • Monoclonal antibodies
  • Radiation
  • Targeted therapy

From: Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Overview," "What Is non-Hodgkin Lymphoma."

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society: "Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia," "Get Information and Support."

Lymphoma Research Foundation: "CLL/SLL Overview"

MacMillan Cancer Support:  "Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma," "Tests for CLL."

Leukaemia Foundation: Small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL)."

Leukaemia Care: "Small lymphocytic lymphoma SLL)."

Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School: "Lymph Node Biopsy."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 26, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Overview," "What Is non-Hodgkin Lymphoma."

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society: "Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia," "Get Information and Support."

Lymphoma Research Foundation: "CLL/SLL Overview"

MacMillan Cancer Support:  "Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma," "Tests for CLL."

Leukaemia Foundation: Small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL)."

Leukaemia Care: "Small lymphocytic lymphoma SLL)."

Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School: "Lymph Node Biopsy."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 26, 2018

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