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The following are treatment options for low-risk (Rai stage 0 or Binet stage A) chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Your healthcare team will suggest treatments based on your needs and work with you to develop a treatment plan.
Watchful waiting is also called active surveillance. It is the main treatment because low-risk CLL is slow to develop and does not need to be treated right away.
Watchful waiting is treatment that involves carefully watching for signs that CLL is progressing. Treatment is started when symptoms develop or when there are signs that the disease is progressing quickly. Some people do not develop symptoms for many years and will not need any treatment.
Supportive therapy is an important part of treatment for CLL. It is used to treat the complications that usually happen with treatments for CLL and the disease itself.
Supportive therapies may include:
You may be asked if you want to join a clinical trial for CLL. Find out more about clinical trials.
The Canadian Cancer Society is actively lobbying the federal government to establish a national caregivers strategy to ensure there is more financial support for this important group of people.