Knowing treatment options and the possibilities of supportive care.
After chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) has been diagnosed and staged, the next step is gathering information to decide if and when treatment is needed. Be sure to ask your doctor these questions as you discuss options.
Here is an overview of the main treatment therapies available for CLL.
Other strategies do not treat CLL but, instead, address side effects caused by the cancer and treatment.
When weighing your options, consider participating in a clinical trial to receive the newest cancer treatment. New approaches include the use of chimeric antigen receptor T cell therapy, which uses lymphocytes from the patient that are genetically engineered to detect and kill CLL cells, and drugs that target cancer-driving proteins generated by specific genetic changes in cancer cells.