The Duke Center for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) helps patients with CLL manage their disease.
Treatment for chronic lymphocytic leukemia is required in certain circumstances, which are determined by an oncologist or hematologist (cancer or blood doctor).
Some people with CLL never need treatment. Others might not need treatment right away, but may require therapy after several years. Some people might need to be treated right away.
There are several different chemotherapy options when treatment is required. The treating oncologist or hematologist decides which is the best regimen to use for each patient. Learn more about treatments commonly used for leukemias.
Treatment does not cure the leukemia, but can often keep it in remission. Many people live with CLL for years to decades.
Few patients are treated with a bone marrow transplant for CLL. Transplantation has many risks, but it is the only treatment approach that has the possibility of curing the leukemia.
As part of a leading academic medical center, the Duke Cancer Institute offers access to many clinical trials investigating the newest developments in treatment for CLL.
Read about current CLL research at the Duke Cancer Institute.
Learn how to make an appointment at the Duke Cancer Institute.