If treatment is required, Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) is typically treated chemotherapies which may be given in combination. For patients aged 65 years or younger with CLL that recurs after these treatments, a related or an unrelated-donor bone marrow transplant warrants consideration.
Blood & Marrow Transplant (BMT)
Donor BMTs have been performed in Vancouver for selected patients with CLL. Due to the relatively small number of patients, their results are included in those described for low grade NHL in which a 50% cure rate is expected.
Reduced intensity conditioning (RIC) transplants have also been successful in a small number of patients with CLL. The first such procedure was done in May 2001.
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