Why choose us for chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) care?
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia is the most common form of leukemia in adults. It starts in the bone marrow, where it affects white blood cells called lymphocytes. At Mays Cancer Center, home to UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center, you are in expert hands for CLL treatment.
Our board-certified blood cancer doctors work with other experts to deliver an accurate diagnosis. Our high care standards include leading treatments and careful attention to your unique needs. We meet regularly in meetings called tumor boards to coordinate your care for your situation.
CLL is one of the many blood cancers we treat. Learn more about our hematology oncology program.
What you need to know about chronic lymphocytic leukemia
- Leukemia is a cancer affecting the bone marrow, where blood cells develop. There are four main types, including chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
- Chronic lymphocytic leukemia occurs in white blood cells. These cells are part of your immune system, which helps your body recognize and fight infections.
- CLL typically occurs in older adults. Our team includes blood cancer doctors knowledgeable in care practices that help older patients have a safe, comfortable experience.
How to talk to your doctor about chronic lymphocytic leukemia
A CLL diagnosis may come as a surprise, but you don’t have to face it alone. Our team takes time to answer your questions and explain how we’ll help you feel better.
You might want to ask your doctor about:
- Additional testing that may be necessary to confirm a diagnosis or plan treatments
- Cancer stage, which describes how advanced the CLL is and if it is likely to spread
- Treatment options, which may include clinical trials, if you are eligible
- Potential treatment side effects and therapies to help you stay comfortable
- Support to help you cope with challenges CLL may bring to your daily life
We listen carefully as you describe your preferences. Some patients take comfort in the help they receive from loved ones. Your family members or trusted friends are welcome to come to appointments so we can make important care decisions together.
CLL may affect two different types of immune system cells:
- B-cell CLL: Affects cells that produce proteins (antibodies) that help your body recognize disease
- T-cell CLL: Involves cells that trigger other parts of the immune system and clear out infection