Recurrent Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia (CLL)

What is Recurrent Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia?

Recurrent chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) is a type of cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow. It is characterised by the presence of too many white blood cells in the blood, called lymphocytes. This can lead to recurring bouts of anaemia and other associated complications.

CLL is the most common form of leukaemia in adults and has a very slow-moving course. It can develop without any noticeable symptoms in its early stages, however, when symptoms do occur they include tiredness, swollen lymph nodes, enlarged spleen, frequent infections and feeling run down.

Treatment of Recurrent Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia

Treatment for recurrent CLL includes chemotherapy, targeted therapy, radiation therapy, and/or stem cell transplant. For many people, the goal of treatment is to control the disease and keep it from progressing for as long as possible. For those with more severe forms of CLL, treatment may involve more aggressive measures, such as chemotherapy or a stem cell transplant.

Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy involves the use of one or more drugs to attack and kill cancer cells. It is usually administered intravenously (through a vein). Radiation therapy: Radiation therapy involves using a beam of radiation to target and destroy cancer cells. It is usually used in combination with other therapies, such as chemotherapy and targeted therapy.

Coping with Recurrent Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia

Managing recurrent CLL can be difficult and it is important to take the time to care for yourself. Here are some tips for coping with recurrent CLL:

  • Take time to rest and get adequate sleep.
  • Eat a balanced, healthy diet.
  • Participate in physical activity that is appropriate for your level of health and energy.
  • Work with your doctor to manage any side effects of treatment.
  • Practice mindfulness and relaxation techniques to reduce stress.
  • Join a support group for information and emotional support.