What is Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia?

Common Signs and Symptoms of CLL

While people present as asymptomatic, many may be unaware that they have chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Prior to routine blood tests, only some will develop symptoms of progression early in the disease course.

Dr. Nitin Jain, an Associate Professor in Department of Leukemia at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, offers an explanation of how CLL, a cancer of the white blood cells, manifests in the body, and some early signs and symptoms. Dr. Jain describes how the cells become cancerous, what to look for, and how CLL is typically diagnosed. He also discusses strategies for managing CLL and treatment options. It is his hope that patients can continue to live a normal life after diagnosis.

This article was originally published July 23, 2020 and most recently updated September 10, 2020.
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