Leukaemia is cancer of the white blood cells that help the body to fight infection. These blood cells form in the bone marrow. In leukaemia, the bone marrow produces abnormal white blood cells. In chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL), there are too many lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell. CLL is the second most common type of leukaemia in adults. It often occurs during or after middle age and is rare in children.
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?
Unlike other type of cancers, early treatment does not help in case of CLL.