By Dennis Fried – Patient Although it’s not the usual way of doing things, I’ll come to the moral of the story first: You never know. When you’re healthy and everything is going well, the fact that you never know is not a comforting thought. We want to feel
In March of 2006, my wife Barbara received a phone call telling her that she had been diagnosed with a disease that neither of us had ever heard of – CLL. The doctor’s explanation of this blood cancer included the frigh
By Brian Koffman, MD and Chris Fegan, MB, MD, FRCP, FRCPath Listen To Audio: Dr. Fegan and I met at a CLL-AN (CLL Advocacy Network) Horizon Forum in Belgrade, Serbia in November 2016 where we discussed the stress of being diagnosed with leukemia in general and in particular,
I was diagnosed with CLL in July 2013. I had a blood test for a sore throat. The lymphocyte count was only 5 – borderline – but it was a shock. My wife and I met with the oncologist who told us we were on “watch and wait”, with
In 1928, Dr. Richter described a patient with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), who progressed to develop an aggressive large cell lymphoma. Richter syndrome (RS), also called Richter transformation, is now understood to describe the development of an aggressive lymphoma in patients with CLL or small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL).
By Brian Koffman, MD Introduction: We all understand that CLL is a disease of the immune system, but we need to keep in mind that its dysfunction can be manifested both as its diminished capacity to fight off infections and secondary cancers, and its increased tendencies to attack our