How can you tell the difference between lymphoma and CLL?

Is lymphoma similar to CLL?

Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL) are the same disease, but in CLL cancer cells are found mostly in the blood and bone marrow. In SLL cancer cells are found mostly in the lymph nodes. Chronic lymphocytic leukemia/small lymphocytic lymphoma is a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Is CLL a non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma?

CLL/SLL is a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Also called chronic lymphocytic leukemia/small lymphocytic lymphoma.

Is small B cell lymphoma the same as CLL?

The difference between SLL and CLL is where the blood cancer is located. CLL has most of the cancerous B lymphocytes in the bloodstream (like a leukaemia), whereas SLL has most of the cancerous B lymphocytes in the lymph nodes and lymphoid tissue such as the spleen and the tonsils (like a lymphoma).

Which lymph nodes swell with CLL?

People with chronic lymphocytic leukemia may have noticeably swollen lymph nodes on either side of the neck, above the collarbone, under the arms, or around the groin. Cancerous lymphocytes may also accumulate in and enlarge the spleen, an organ in the upper left part of the abdomen that filters blood.

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How do I know if my CLL is getting worse?

Extreme tiredness

Another symptom of CLL progression is extreme fatigue and shortness of breath while doing your normal day-to-day activities. This is due to fewer healthy red blood cells and more cancer cells accumulating in your body.

Which is worse B-cell or T-cell lymphoma?

Peripheral T-cell lymphomas have a worse prognosis than B-cell lymphomas: a prospective study of 361 immunophenotyped patients treated with the LNH-84 regimen.

What is the life expectancy of a person with CLL?

The prognosis of patients with CLL varies widely at diagnosis. Some patients die rapidly, within 2-3 years of diagnosis, because of complications from CLL. Most patients live 5-10 years, with an initial course that is relatively benign but followed by a terminal, progressive, and resistant phase lasting 1-2 years.

What happens when CLL spreads to lymph nodes?

CLL is typically found when you get a blood test for another reason. But along with giving you swollen lymph nodes and a sore or full feeling below your ribs, later stages can make you very tired and cause fever, infections, night sweats, and weight loss.

Is lymphocytic lymphoma curable?

Prognosis of Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma

SLL is typically a slow-growing cancer. Many people live for years without needing any treatment.

Why is CLL considered a lymphoma?

In CLL, the abnormal B cells build up in your blood and bone marrow. This is why it’s called ‘leukaemia’ – after ‘leucocytes’: the medical name for white blood cells. In SLL, the abnormal B cells mainly build up in your lymph nodes. This is why it’s called lymphoma’.

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