Treatment

It's important that your doctor is experienced in treating patients with chronic leukemia or works in consultation with a chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) specialist. This type of specialist is called a hematologist oncologist.

Types of CLL Treatment

Current therapies do not offer patients a cure for CLL, but there are treatments that help manage the disease. Doctors use several types of approaches and treatment for adults with CLL, some at different stages:

Finding the Best Treatment Approach

The treatment your doctor recommends is based on several factors, including:

  • Your CLL stage
  • Your physical exam and lab test results
  • Your overall health

The goals of CLL treatment are to:

  • Slow the growth of CLL cells
  • Provide long periods of remission (when there are no signs of CLL or you feel well enough to carry on your daily activities)
  • Help you feel better if you have infections, fatigue or other symptoms

As you develop a treatment plan with your doctor, be sure to discuss:

  • The results you can expect from treatment
  • Potential side effects, including late-term effects and long-term effects
  • The possibility of participating in a clinical trial, where you'll have access to advanced medical treatment that may be more beneficial to you than standard treatment

 

 

Information provided by Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.