Leukemia (CLL)

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Do I Need A Stem Cell Transplant For CLL?

Dr. Matthew Davids Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Stem cell transplants can be a significant part of treatment for blood cancers but it’s not widely used for CLL. A stem cell transplant, which is sometimes also called a bone marrow transplant, is a procedure that replaces your unhealthy blood-forming cells with healthy cells. This helps eliminate the cancer from your bone marrow and restore normal blood cell function.

It’s not used very often anymore in treating CLL for a number of reason including the fact that it’s not curative and also because of the advent of new oral drugs.  But the treatment is sometimes an option for patients who are no longer responding to medication.

 

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Dr. Matthew Davids is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Associate Director of the Dana-Farber CLL Center. Read More

Treating CLL

There have been major strides when it comes to treating CLL in recent years. Since this is a disease that doesn’t always require treatment immediately, we asked top doctors to explain how they determine when and how to treat the disease.

Later Stage Treatment: CAR-T Therapy

CAR-T therapy has been approved for other types of blood cancers, and it is showing promise for CLL in clinical trials.

Treatment

Clinical Trials Using CAR-T Cells Are Extremely Promising

Dr. Nina Shah
UCSF Medical Center
Treatment

What is CAR-T Therapy?

Dr. Matthew Davids
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute