Radiation therapy uses high-energy rays to destroy cancer cells. It is typically not part of standard CLL treatment but it is sometimes used to shrink an enlarged spleen, large lymph node masses, or masses in locations that interfere with the function of a neighboring body part, such as the kidney, the gastrointestinal tract or the throat. It can also be helpful in treating pain from bone damage caused by leukemia growing in the marrow.
This type of therapy is rarely used in CLL.
- Radiation therapy
- Measuring treatment response
- Managing Side Effects
- Download or order The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's free booklet, Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia.