February 28, 2012 - CLL- Understanding Diagnosis and Treatment
- Tests used to diagnose and stage CLL
- Current and emerging treatments for CLL patients
- Personalized CLL treatment plans
- Importance of clinical trials in improving CLL patient outcomes
- CLL side effects management and quality of life
Michael J. Keating, MB, BS
Professor of Medicine and Internist
Division of Cancer Medicine
The University of Texas
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Questions Asked by the CLL Community
- How routinely are diagnostic tests done for CLL patients and are they just happening at research institutions or are community oncologists also using them?
- When is the appropriate use of stem cell transplantation?
- What are the side effects of long-term maintenance using rituximab (Rituxan®) only?
- Could you discuss why the military has chosen to cover certain agents or occupations that may be associated with causing CLL?
- After relapse, why is it preferred to wait for more symptoms before treatment?
- Is there a connection between multiple myeloma and CLL?
- Is treatment an option for patients who have other health issues such as heart problems or diabetes?
- If a child has Crohn's disease, could that be because the parent has CLL?
- How often should you have a fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) test done?
- How long is it possible to go without getting treatment?
- Are there any common CLL treatments that would be of interest to a large granular lymphocytic leukemia (LGL) patient?
- What is the risk of developing other health issues or other cancers from CLL treatment?
- How do you see gene therapy coming into play with regards to CLL treatment in the future?
Sponsors and Supporters
This program was sponsored by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and supported by a grant from Teva Oncology.