Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Treatment Information

Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is a type of cancer in which a person’s bone marrow produces too many lymphocytes, which are small white blood cells that facilitate the body’s immune response. This type of leukemia is very similar to acute lymphocytic leukemia, although the term “chronic” indicates that it develops slowly over time (in contrast to acute leukemia, which progresses much more rapidly). 

Unlike acute lymphocytic leukemia, which is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in children, chronic lymphocytic leukemia primarily affects adults. Because abnormal blood cells accumulate slowly with chronic leukemias, an individual may have the cancer for several years before experiencing any symptoms, and the cancer may spread to the lymph nodes, liver and/or spleen before it is diagnosed. Therefore, CLL requires carefully planned – and even more carefully delivered – treatment.

Our Approach

At Moffitt Cancer Center, we have the necessary experience to treat chronic lymphocytic leukemias as well as other types of leukemia and cancers that develop in the blood and bone marrow. Our Malignant Hematology Program is specifically dedicated to researching, diagnosing and treating these unique conditions; as a result, our patients have opportunities to work with medical professionals who are among the most highly specialized in their respective fields.

Several forms of treatment are often required for a patient to achieve long-term remission, and Moffitt makes it possible for patients to access many different services in a single, convenient location. Here, even without a physician’s referral, patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia can consult with:

  • Medical oncologists
  • Hematologists
  • Radiation oncologists
  • Immunologists
  • Surgeons
  • Clinical trial organizers and research professionals
  • Emotional and spiritual care providers
  • Advanced practice nurses

This team will regularly assess a patient’s progress, making any necessary adjustments to his or her chronic lymphocytic leukemia treatment plan. We may recommend a combination of chemotherapy, targeted therapies, radiation therapy and supportive treatments, with the specific details tailored to a patient’s unique diagnosis. And, to give our patients the best possible chances of maintaining high quality lives and long-term remission, we can coordinate the various aspects of follow-up treatment and bloodwork. Consolidation therapies for CLL, such as bone marrow transplantation, can also be arranged at Moffitt.

To learn more about our unique approach to treating chronic lymphocytic leukemia and other hematological malignancies, call 1-888-663-3488 or submit a new patient registration form online.