Leukemia (CLL)

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The Exact Cause of CLL is Hard to Know

Dr. Nicole Lamanna Columbia University Medical Center

No one knows exactly what causes chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). According to Dr. Nicole Lamanna, a leukemia specialist and associate professor at Columbia University Medical Center, CLL develops from de novo mutations, or new genetic mutations, that scientists don’t yet fully understand.

But researchers do believe it’s caused by some combination of genetic mutation in the DNA of blood-producing cells and exposure to something in the environment, like chemicals or radiation. It’s a chronic disease that people can live with for years and treatment varies depending on whether the disease grows slowly or is more aggressive.

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Dr. Nicole Lamanna is a hematologist/oncologist at Columbia University Medical Center. Her research interests include lymphoid leukemias, specifically chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Read More

Symptoms & Diagnosis: What Happens Next?

Whether you require treatment for CLL will depend on your blood count, and how quickly the disease is growing. In this series, leading doctors explain how they monitor CLL and the different types of blood cancer.

Diagnosis

Tests to Determine if You Have CLL

Dr. Nicole Lamanna
Columbia University Medical Center
Diagnosis

Blood Count is Really Important in CLL

Dr. Nicole Lamanna
Columbia University Medical Center
Diagnosis

Getting a Second Opinion After a CLL Diagnosis

Dr. Nicole Lamanna
Columbia University Medical Center

Symptoms & Diagnosis: Understanding Leukemia

Whether you require treatment for CLL will depend on your blood count, and how quickly the disease is growing. In this series, leading doctors explain how they monitor CLL and the different types of blood cancer.

Diagnosis

Breaking Down the Categories of Blood Cancer

Dr. Nina Shah
UCSF Medical Center
Diagnosis

Tests That Can Inform the Prognosis of CLL

Dr. Matthew Davids
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Treatment

Monitoring CLL After Initial Diagnosis

Dr. Nicole Lamanna
Columbia University Medical Center