The treatment for chronic lymphocytic leukemia will depend on your age, overall health and the stage (early, intermediate or advanced) at which chronic lymphocytic leukemia has been diagnosed. Treatment may not be immediately necessary if you are at the early stage. For intermediate or advanced you may be taken into treatment immediately depending on the other factors.
Common treatments for chronic lymphocytic leukemia are:
Chemotherapy – this treatment aims to kill cancerous cells by administering drugs either directly into your veins or in the form of an oral pill.
Targeted therapy – this form of therapy uses targeted drugs which a specially designed to take advantage of the specific vulnerabilities of your cancerous cells.
Bone marrow transplant – this involves using strong chemotherapy drugs to first kill the stem cells that are in your bone marrow that are leading to diseased lymphocytes. Your blood will then be infused with healthy adult blood stem cells that have been received from a donor, which will travel to your bone marrow and start to make healthy blood cells.