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What happens if you need treatment for chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)?

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If you need treatment for chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), you'll get a bone marrow aspiration and biopsy:

Your doctor will do both procedures during the same visit.

By checking the samples under a microscope for abnormal cells, your doctor can tell how much CLL is in your body and how fast it's moving.

  • Aspiration: Your doctor puts a thin, hollow needle into the bone (usually, your hip) to take out a small amount of liquid marrow.
  • Biopsy: Your doctor uses a slightly larger needle to remove a small amount of bone, marrow, and blood.

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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