Treatments for chronic lymphocytic leukemia
If you have chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), your healthcare team will create a treatment plan just for you. It will be based on your needs and may include a combination of different treatments. When deciding which treatments to offer for CLL, your healthcare team will consider:
- your age
- your overall health
- your personal preferences
Expert review and references
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Treatments for low-risk CLL
Treatment for low-risk chronic lymphocytic leukemia includes watchful waiting and supportive therapy. Learn about these treatments for low-risk CLL.
Treatments for intermediate-risk or high-risk CLL
Intermediate-risk and high-risk chronic lymphocytic leukemia have several treatment options. Learn about treatments for intermediate and high-risk CLL.
Treatments for relapsed or refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia
Relapsed and refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia have several treatment options. Learn about treatments for relapsed or refractory CLL.
Watchful waiting for chronic lymphocytic leukemia
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia may be watched closely and treated if symptoms develop or the cancer changes. Learn about watchful waiting for CLL.
Chemotherapy for chronic lymphocytic leukemia
Chemotherapy uses drugs to destroy cancer cells and is used to treat chronic lymphocytic leukemia for different reasons. Learn about chemotherapy for CLL.
Targeted therapy for chronic lymphocytic leukemia
Targeted therapy uses drugs to target specific molecules on the surface of cancer cells. Learn when it is used to treat chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL).
Surgery for chronic lymphocytic leukemia
Surgery to remove the spleen is sometimes used to treat chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Learn about splenectomy and why it is used in treating CLL.
Radiation therapy for chronic lymphocytic leukemia
Radiation uses high-energy rays to destroy cancer cells. It is sometimes used to treat chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Learn about radiation therapy for CLL.
Supportive therapy is given to treat the complications of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and its treatments. Learn about supportive therapy for CLL.
Follow-up after treatment for chronic lymphocytic leukemia
Follow-up after chronic lymphocytic leukemia treatment varies. Learn about follow-up appointments and the procedures and tests that may be done for CLL.