- Q How do medications treat chronic lymphocytic leukemia?
In addition to chemotherapy, chronic lymphocytic leukemia can also be treated with targeted drug therapy. The treatment gets its name from the fact that the drugs specifically target parts of the leukemia cells, namely certain proteins, to destroy the... Full Answer
- Q What are the treatment options for chronic lymphocytic leukemia?
Treatment is often not necessary for early stages of the disease; later stages are treated primarily with chemotherapy and other drugs. In early stages of CLL, before symptoms begin to appear, doctors may well recommend holding off on treatment, since... Full Answer
- Q What are the symptoms of chronic lymphocytic leukemia?
Symptoms include painless swelling of lymph nodes and a feeling of tiredness; it is, however, not unusual for chronic lymphocytic leukemia to show no symptoms at all. Other symptoms may include fever and night sweats, weight loss, and a feeling of... Full Answer
- Q What causes chronic lymphocytic leukemia?
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia begins when cells in the bone marrow malfunction and interrupt normal production of blood cells. The precise cause of this malfunction is unknown, but certain risk factors have been identified. The malfunctioning cells... Full Answer
- Q Is leukemia more common among men than women?
Of all diagnosed leukemia cases, men are the clear majority. Leukemia is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related death among men; among women it is the seventh. Nearly three-fifths of all leukemia cases are diagnosed in men. Full Answer
- Q What is the rate of incidence for leukemia?
Because it covers a variety of related diseases, leukemia incidence varies widely by age. With an incidence rate of 27.1 percent, leukemia is the most common form of cancer among children and adolescents. Among people 50 and older, myeloid leukemia, both... Full Answer