Anemia is a common problem in CLL and may be an indication to start treatment. However, it is not always well understood or managed. Too many patients self-treat with iron and other supplements that may not only delay proper care but can cause long term problems.
By Brian Koffman, MD Fatigue Overview: Fatigue is one of the most common chronic lymphocytic leukemia symptoms and at the same time one of the most commonly overlooked and undertreated symptoms. Cancer related fatigue (CRF) can be caused by the cancer itself, its treatment, and complications of both. Our
Many patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) experience significant fatigue and other symptoms that negatively impact their quality of life. Currently available supportive care drugs do not improve these symptoms and recently studies have been performed to explore therapeutic options to treat them. Dr. Zeev Estrov from MD Anderson
Take Away Points: There are not usually any symptoms at time of diagnosis. CLL is most often unexpectedly discovered on a routine blood test for an unrelated problem. Symptoms may develop and even may be present at the time of diagnosis, especially fatigue which can be profound. Preface: Hematology