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It’s completely natural to feel overwhelmed and unsettled when your loved one receives a chronic lymphocytic leukemia diagnosis. We’re here to help you navigate this stressful time. At the Larivière & Massicotte pharmacy, we’re here to support you and your loved ones, working with your doctors, nurses, and pharmacists to ensure you receive the best possible pharmacological treatment. We manage your medications so you can focus on fighting the disease.

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What is CLL?

Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is a type of blood cancer that affects lymphoid cells, a part of the immune system. More specifically, it is characterized by an excessive proliferation of mature B lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell.

How is CLL diagnosed?

In many cases, people with CLL experience no symptoms at the early stages of the disease, and the diagnosis is often confirmed by a routine blood test which counts the number of white blood cells. Other tests, such as a bone marrow biopsy or scans, can also be performed.

What are the symptoms of CLL?

The main symptoms of CLL, should they occur, can include unusual fatigue, weight loss, swollen lymph nodes, an increased tendency to infections, and abnormal bleeding. CLL is often diagnosed in older adults, particularly those over 60.

How is CLL treated?

Because CLL is a chronic illness, some patients may only very rarely require active treatment. Treating CLL will depend on its stage, the presence of symptoms, and other medical factors. Treatment options may include active monitoring, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, targeted therapy, and bone marrow transplantation.

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Questions fréquentes

Will I lose my hair?

Some chemotherapies used to treat CLL can cause hair loss. However, this is not the case for the targeted therapy used in CLL and anti-CD20.

What are the main risks of infection linked to CLL, and what can be done to mitigate these risks while effectively treating the disease?

As a result of a weakened immune system, chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) can increase the risk of infections in patients, such as bacterial and viral infections. Patients with CLL need to work closely with their medical team to manage these risks of infection. These efforts may involve taking preventive medication, complying with vaccination recommendations, maintaining rigorous personal hygiene, altering the environment to reduce the risk of infection, and communicating regularly with the doctor to report any signs of infection.

What is the link between CLL and the development of heart problems, and what precautionary measures can be taken to minimize this risk?

Due to chronic inflammation and treatment side effects, CLL can increase the risk of heart problems. Patients with CLL need to cooperate closely with their medical team, monitor their heart health carefully, and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Is CLL hereditary?

Family history of CLL may contribute to an increased risk of the disease. However, CLL is not predictably inherited from one generation to the next, and the vast majority of CLL cases are not directly passed on. CLL is a complex disease resulting from a combination of genetic and environmental factors.

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