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Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

Watch this video to learn about the symptoms and diagnosis of CLL, factors used to determine when to begin treatment, current/newly approved treatments and emerging therapies, the role of clinical trials in the treatment of CLL, and the importance of communication with your healthcare team. 

Living with CLL


The information in this section can help you talk with members of your healthcare team and take an active role in your treatment. Knowing what to expect and being able to make informed decisions about your cancer treatment are important aspects of coping with your disease. You can skim sections to find what you want to read now - and continue reading whenever you're ready for more information.

What You Should Know

  • CLL is the most common type of leukemia in adults.
  • Hematologists and oncologists are specialists who treat people who have CLL or other types of blood cancer.
  • Some people have CLL that grows slowly while other people have CLL that grows faster.
  • CLL patients have a number of effective treatment options available to them.
  • For slow-growing CLL, watchful waiting may be an appropriate treatment approach.

What You Should Do

  • Talk with your doctor about your diagnostic tests and what the results mean.
  • Talk with your doctor about all your treatment options and the results you can expect from treatment.
  • Ask your doctor whether a clinical trial is a good treatment option for you.

What Is CLL?

Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is a type of blood cancer that begins in the bone marrow. It can progress either slowly or quickly depending on the form it takes. Many people with CLL live good-quality lives for years with medical care.

Source: Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. Reviewed by John C. Byrd, MD.

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last updated on Friday, April 10, 2015

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