Basic Biology of CLL/SLL

Welcome to “The Short Course on Basic Biology of CLL!”

Action Items for Basic Biology

Learn about the diseases called leukemia and lymphoma.

Get to know the differences, the similarities, and the confusing overlapping diagnoses. 

Learn about the normal structure and function of the lymphocytes that become cancerous in CLL/SLL.

Learn more about where we find them beyond the blood stream, namely in the bone marrow, the lymph nodes, and the spleen. 

Understand what is meant by chronic versus acute leukemias and when we say that cancer is clonal. 

Learn about the diseases called leukemia and lymphoma.

Get to know the differences, the similarities, and the confusing overlapping diagnoses. 

Learn about the normal structure and function of the lymphocytes that become cancerous in CLL/SLL.

Learn more about where we find them beyond the blood stream, namely in the bone marrow, the lymph nodes, and the spleen. 

Understand what is meant by chronic versus acute leukemias and when we say that cancer is clonal.
 

ADDITIONAL READING

As the immune system is complex, so is testing. The best testing for antigens is to isolate a protein large enough to be antigenic and specific enough so that it is only found in that one situation.  You can choose a test for the presence of active inflammation
This article will repeat some of the earlier material, but you can still go back and reread them from past CLL Society Tribune editions, Introduction of Immunity Part 1 and Part 2.  Let us put together all the factoids from the first two articles and see if we can
All our MRD educational efforts are directed at the non-medical reader, but they also endeavor to be a true reflection of what’s happening in professional research and in the cutting edge CLL clinic.