Leukemia (CLL)

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What are Blood Cancers?

Dr. Nicole Lamanna Columbia University Medical Center

Leukemias are cancers that start in the blood-forming cells of the bone marrow. When these cells become leukemic, they stop maturing properly and grow out of control. Eventually, they spill into the bloodstream. Because they are essentially abnormal white blood cells, they prevent your blood from doing normal things like fighting infections, keeping your energy up and preventing excessive bleeding.

Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is the most common type of leukemia that affects older adults. The average age of most patients at diagnosis is about 70 years old. CLL accounts for about one-quarter of new cases of leukemia each year. Because CLL is a slow-growing, chronic cancer many people won’t necessarily need treatment at diagnosis. Instead, patients are monitored and their blood count tracked to determine whether and when treatment is actually required.

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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