This type of cancer generally affects the spongy part of the bones. This spongy part is the tissue where blood cells are produced. This cancer has a slow progression as compared to other kinds of cancer, and it affects the white blood cells called lymphocytes. The symptoms include pain, fever, fatigue and weight loss.
HOW IS CHRONIC LYMPHOCYTIC LEUKEMIA DIAGNOSED?
The health care practitioner will recommend a blood test if he finds signs and symptoms of CLL. The results will show how many lymphocytes, platelets, and red and white cells are in the blood. In certain cases, a bone marrow aspiration or a biopsy may be required for further diagnosis.
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.