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?
Chemotherapy is a common mode of treating this oncologycondition in the intermediate and advanced stages. Bone marrow stem cell replacement may also be sought depending on the condition and the extent of the spread of the cancer.
DID YOU KNOW?
The chronic lymphocytic leukaemia is so called because this type of cancer progresses slowly when compared to other types of cancers.