What is the definition of Chronic B-Cell Leukemia?
Chronic B cell leukemia is a type of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), or cancer of the blood and bone marrow that mainly affects adults. In chronic B cell leukemia, the bone marrow produces too many B lymphocytes, which are white blood cells that fight infection. Chronic B cell leukemia represents 95% of all chronic lymphocytic leukemias.
What are the symptoms for Chronic B-Cell Leukemia?
Individuals with early chronic B cell leukemia may not have any symptoms.
Symptoms of intermediate and advanced stage chronic B cell leukemia may include painless, enlarged lymph nodes; fatigue; fever; pain in the upper left region of the abdomen; enlarged spleen; easy bruising or bleeding; pinpoint, dark red spots under the skin (petechiae); night sweats; weight loss; and frequent infections.
What are the current treatments for Chronic B-Cell Leukemia?
Treatment for chronic B cell leukemia depends on the stage.
Early stage chronic B cell leukemia may not need treatment and may involve watchful waiting.
Treatment for intermediate and advanced stages chronic B cell leukemia may include targeted therapy, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy, and bone marrow or peripheral stem cell transplant.