Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

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Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is a cancer of the lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell) that begins in the stem cells of the bone marrow and then invades the blood. Overtime, CLL may also spread to the lymph nodes and other organs including the liver, spleen and lungs.  It occurs when the stem cells that make lymphocytes become out of control and produce increasing amounts of abnormal lymphocytes (also called leukemic cells). Eventually, these abnormal cells replace normal lymphocytes and can crowd out other types of normal blood cells, leading to the features of the condition. Early signs and symptoms of CLL may include fatigue, weight loss, loss of appetite, fever, night sweats and/or frequent infections.  The exact underlying cause of CLL is unknown; however, approximately 5% of affected people have other family members with the condition, which suggests there may be a genetic component in rare cases. The best treatment depends on many factors including the stage of the condition, the age of the affected person, the blood cell counts, whether the CLL has recurred, and the signs and symptoms present in each person.
 

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4th Angel Mentoring Program

Learning that you have cancer can be an overwhelming experience – one that leaves you frightened, vulnerable and alone. The 4th Angel Mentoring Program offers free, one-on-one, confidential outreach and support from someone who has successfully made the same journey you are about to begin – the journey towards recovery. This specially trained volunteer and cancer survivor – your 4th Angel – is someone who will talk and listen in a supportive setting. The 4th Angel Mentoring Program is telephone based, so you can be connect with an angel anywhere in the country. 4th Angel Mentoring Program is part of The Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative, a national non-profit organizat

Last Updated: 12 Dec 2012

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National Bone Marrow Transplant Link

The mission of the National Bone Marrow Transplant Link is to help patients, caregivers, and families cope with the social and emotional challenges of bone marrow/stem cell transplant from diagnosis through survivorship by providing vital information and personalized support services.

Last Updated: 20 Feb 2013

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Following organizations serve the condition "Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia" for support, advocacy or research.

4th Angel Mentoring Program

Learning that you have cancer can be an overwhelming experience – one that leaves you frightened, vulnerable and alone. The 4th Angel Mentoring Program offers free, one-on-one, confidential outreach and support from someone who has successfully made the same journey you are about to begin – the journey towards recovery. This specially trained volunteer and cancer survivor – your 4th Angel – is someone who will talk and listen in a supportive setting. The 4th Angel Mentoring Program is telephone based, so you can be connect with an angel anywhere in the country. 4th Angel Mentoring Program is part of The Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative, a national non-profit organizat

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Last Updated: 12 Dec 2012

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National Bone Marrow Transplant Link

The mission of the National Bone Marrow Transplant Link is to help patients, caregivers, and families cope with the social and emotional challenges of bone marrow/stem cell transplant from diagnosis through survivorship by providing vital information and personalized support services.

http://www.nbmtlink.org

Last Updated: 20 Feb 2013

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Scientific Literature

Articles from the PubMed Database

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The terms "Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia" returned 2604 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantation in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia: An Archaic Intervention or a Necessary Evil?
 

Author(s): Deborah M Stephens

Journal: Oncology (Williston Park, N.Y.). 2016 Jun;30(6):539-40.

 

Last Updated: 17 Jun 2016

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New Agents to Treat Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia.
 

Author(s): Andrew W Roberts, Matthew S Davids, John F Seymour

Journal: N. Engl. J. Med.. 2016 Jun;374(22):2186-7.

 

Last Updated: 2 Jun 2016

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A rare association of chronic lymphocytic leukemia with c-ANCA-positive Wegener's granulomatosis: a case report.
 

Author(s): Victoria Bîrluţiu, Elena Cristina Rezi, Rares Mircea Bîrluţiu, Ioan Sorin Zaharie

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Wegener's granulomatosis is a systemic vasculitis of the small- and medium-sized vessels, produced by the action of ANCA, which involves the respiratory tract, kidneys, and eyes, with a potential for lethal evolution in the first year after diagnosis. Its association with chronic ...

Last Updated: 17 May 2016

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The terms "Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia" returned 193 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Allogeneic Transplantation for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia in the Age of Novel Treatment Strategies.
 

Author(s): Mark-Alexander Schwarzbich, Fabienne McClanahan, John Gribben

Journal: Oncology (Williston Park, N.Y.). 2016 Jun;30(6):526-33, 540.

 

Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is the only established potentially curative treatment option for chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) to date. However, this approach is associated with high toxicity and significant treatment-related morbidity and mortality; thus, it ...

Last Updated: 17 Jun 2016

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Chemoimmunotherapy Versus Targeted Treatment in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia: When, How Long, How Much, and in Which Combination?
 

Author(s): Jennifer R Brown, Michael J Hallek, John M Pagel

Journal: Am Soc Clin Oncol Educ Book. 2016 ;35():e387-98.

 

During the past 5 years, rapid therapeutic advances have changed the landscape of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) therapy. This disease has traditionally been treated using cytotoxic chemotherapy regimens in combination with anti-CD20 antibody treatment, and recent long-term follow-up ...

Last Updated: 2 Jun 2016

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Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia: Exploiting Vulnerabilities with Targeted Agents.
 

Author(s): Joseph Maly, James S Blachly

Journal: Curr Hematol Malig Rep. 2016 Feb;11(1):52-60.

 

The field of oncology has been transformed over the course of the last 20 years in large part due to the enhanced understanding of cellular biology and cellular signaling. The indolent natural history of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) has permitted extensive study of cancer biology ...

Last Updated: 17 Mar 2016

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Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

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Clinical Trial Information This information is provided by ClinicalTrials.gov

B Cell Repertoires in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia and Aging
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

 

Last Updated: 2 Nov 2016

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A Study of Ibrutinib + Obinutuzumab in Patients With Relapsed or Refractory Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

 

Last Updated: 29 Jun 2016

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Last Updated: 14 Sep 2016

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