Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia is a type of cancer that begins in the bone marrow. This cancer affects a group of white blood cells known as lymphocytes that help in building immunity. This implies that people affected with this type of cancer begin to lose their immunity to some of the most common ailments such as cold and flu. The common symptoms of this condition include almost constant fatigue, abdominal pain and swollen lymph nodes, fever, night sweats, sudden weight loss and a series of frequent common infections.
HOW IS CHRONIC LYMPHOCYTIC LEUKEMIA DIAGNOSED?
An oncologist diagnoses chronic lymphocytic Leukemia by the following tests:
2. Biopsy of the bone marrow or tissues
3. genetic testing
HOW IS CHRONIC LYMPHOCYTIC LEUKEMIA TREATED?
The treatment focuses on controlling the disease and its symptoms rather than on an outright cure. It is treated by chemotherapy, radiation therapy, biological therapy or bone marrow transplantation. Symptoms are sometimes treated surgically or by radiation therapy. Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation can be considered as a means of treatment.
DID YOU KNOW?
One does not require treatment in the early stages.