Extra Care for Unexpected Side Effects of Cancer Treatment
March 10, 2014
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is a form of blood cancer characterized by the spread of excess abnormal immature white blood cells known as lymphoblasts. CLL is found almost exclusively in adults.
Symptoms can vary, depending on which organs are affected. They may include:
- Chronic lymphocytic leukemia affects the blood and bone marrow. The chemotherapy used to treat CLL, however, affects all the cells in other parts of the body immediately, or, in some cases, as long as months or years after treatment
- Knowing beforehand that chemotherapy can prompt such changes, like sensitivity to mosquito bites, means that you can prepare for these alterations with your doctor's assistance.
- Persistent weakness or fatigue, weight loss, frequent infections
- Fever, night sweats, swollen lymph nodes
- Enlarged spleen or liver
- Being middle-aged or older, male, or white
- A family history of cancer of the lymph system or chronic lymphocytic leukemia
- Having relatives who are Russian Jews or Eastern European Jews