How do I know how
advanced my CLL is?

Your doctor may talk about your CLL as being a certain stage. Stages are a medical way for your healthcare team to talk about how advanced your cancer is. Your stage is based on how many CLL cells you have and where they are in your body. This translates into early, intermediate, or advanced CLL.

Staging and the presence of symptoms often help your medical team determine:

  1. if treatment is necessary at this time, and
  2. what the most appropriate treatment is

Stages of chronic lymphocytic leukemia

Stages Symptoms
Early 0
  • High lymphocyte count in the blood
Intermediate I
  • High lymphocyte count in the blood
  • Swollen lymph nodes
II
  • High lymphocyte count in the blood
  • Swollen spleen or liver
  • With or without swollen lymph nodes
Advanced III
  • High lymphocyte count in the blood
  • Low red blood cell count (anemia)
  • With or without swollen lymph nodes, spleen, or liver
IV
  • High lymphocyte count in the blood
  • Too few blood platelets
  • With or without anemia or swollen lymoh nodes,
    spleen, or liver