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Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)

 

Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) is cancer of white blood cells or lymphocytes.

Causes

  • Excessive production of white blood cells in the bone marrow

Symptoms
CLL is usually asymptomatic. Some symptoms that may develop gradually are:

  • Fatigue
  • Anemia
  • Increased infections
  • Enlarged lymph nodes
  • Loss of appetite
  • Night sweats

Treatment
There is no cure for CLL. Treatment is generally not required in the initial stages as symptoms are not present. In later stages when symptoms start affecting the quality of life treatment includes:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Biological therapy
  • Bone marrow transplantation
  • Stem cell transplant