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CLL; Leukemia - chronic lymphocytic (CLL)
Symptoms usually develop slowly over time. Many cases of CLL are detected by blood tests done in people for other reasons or who do not have any symptoms.
Symptoms that can occur include:
Patients with CLL usually have a higher-than-normal white blood cell count.
Tests to diagnose and assess CLL include:
If your doctor discovers you have CLL, tests will be done to see how much the cancer has spread. This is called staging.
There are two systems used to stage CLL:
Some newer tests look at the chromosomes inside the cancer cells. The results can help your doctor better determine your treatment.
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