How does chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) affect daily life? 

Learning that you or a loved one has been diagnosed with CLL, or any form of leukemia, can be a difficult experience. CLL can affect daily life in many ways, depending on what stage the condition is at and the treatment one is receiving. Cancer of the blood and bone marrow can cause complications such as:
  • Frequent infections. Patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia may experience frequent infections because of abnormal production of immature lymphocytes. 
  • Richter’s syndrome. Some patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia may develop a more aggressive form of cancer called diffuse large B-cell lymphoma
  • Other cancers. Patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia also have an increased risk of other types of cancer.
  • Immune system problems. Some patients with CLL may develop an immune system problem that causes the disease-fighting cells of the immune system to mistakenly attack the red blood cells or the platelets.
living with chronic lymphocytic leukemia

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  • "Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Symptoms & Treatment." Cleveland Clinic. Cleveland Clinic, 29 Oct. 2009. Web. 30 June 2017.

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