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What are considerations about treatment for chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)?

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If you have early stage chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), you probably don't need treatment. Studies show that it doesn't help, as with some other cancers.

Even so, you should keep up with all your doctor visits. Your doctor will closely check to make sure your condition hasn't changed.

You may start treatment if your doctor notices a change, like the number of lymphocytes in your blood growing quickly, a decline in the number of your red blood cells, or swelling in a lymph node gets bigger.

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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