Did You Know Q4 2017
- CLL is always a cancer of the B-lymphocytes. There used to be a possible diagnosis of T-cell CLL, but as our understanding of leukemia and lymphoma evolved, there is no longer such a diagnosis.
- CLL patients should never receive live vaccines such as shingles or yellow fever, although they have been occasionally inadvertently given with no untoward effects.
- The number of new cases annually (the incidence) of CLL is not now nor is it predicted to rise quickly. However, because we keep living longer and longer, the number of patients every year with CLL (the prevalence) is predicted to rise quickly over the next decade. In other words, every year there will be more CLL patients alive than the year before.
Originally published in The CLL Tribune Q1 2016.