There is no cure for CLL. As a result, the goals of treatment are to relieve symptoms, stop the cancer from getting worse, or achieve remission.
Treatment goals and options depend on how much your symptoms are affecting you:
- When you don’t have symptoms, close monitoring is usually preferred over treatment. This is often referred to as "watch and wait"
When symptoms appear or worsen, treatment aims to stop the
CLL from progressing
If your doctor says you need treatment, there are many options to help manage your CLL. CLL can be treated in a number of ways, including antibody therapy and/or chemotherapy. Often, doctors will combine the two types of treatment for better results.
Once you begin treatment, your doctor will need to regularly check your:
- Size of lymph nodes, liver, or spleen
- Blood count measures