Chronic Lymphocyctic Leukemia

What Is CLL?

Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is a type of blood cancer that begins in the bone marrow. It can progress either slowly or quickly depending on the form it takes. Many people with CLL live good-quality lives for years with medical care.

What You Should Know

  • CLL is the most common type of leukemia in adults.
  • Hematologists and oncologists are specialists who treat people who have CLL or other types of blood cancer.
  • Some people have CLL that grows slowly while other people have CLL that grows faster.
  • CLL patients have a number of effective treatment options available to them.
  • For slow-growing CLL, watchful waiting may be an appropriate treatment approach.

What You Should Do

  • Talk with your doctor about your diagnostic tests and what the results mean.
  • Talk with your doctor about all your treatment options and the results you can expect from treatment.
  • Ask your doctor whether a clinical trial is a good treatment option for you.
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