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Ask the Expert: Does CLL Return More Aggressively After Relapse?

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Published on January 6, 2016

From our Ask the Expert series, Dr. Michael Keating of MD Anderson Cancer Center answers a viewer’s question:  “Does CLL return more aggressively after relapse than it was initially?”  Listen as Dr. Keating describes the tendencies of recurring CLL, including WBC doubling time and indolence.  

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Transcript | Ask the Expert: Does CLL Return More Aggressively After Relapse?

Please remember the opinions expressed on Patient Power are not necessarily the views of our sponsors, contributors, partners or Patient Power. Our discussions are not a substitute for seeking medical advice or care from your own doctor. That's how you’ll get care that's most appropriate for you.

Please remember the opinions expressed on Patient Power are not necessarily the views of our sponsors, contributors, partners or Patient Power. Our discussions are not a substitute for seeking medical advice or care from your own doctor. That’s how you’ll get care that’s most appropriate for you.

Andrew Schorr:   

Hello and welcome to our Ask the Expert program on Patient Power and thank you for sending your questions into CLL at patientpower.info. I have with me Dr. Michael Keating from MD Anderson, a world-renowned CLL specialist, my doctor as well, and here are some of your questions.  Dr. Keating, we got this one, "I would like to know if CLL returns more aggressively after relapse than it was initially?"

Dr. Keating:         

It tends to come back more aggressively in that if you look at how long it takes for white cell count to double, it’s a shorter doubling time when the disease relapses in most circumstances.  Some patients actually it comes back in a very, very indolent fashion, so a period of observation, six months or so, will usually clarify whether it’s more aggressive or less aggressive.

Please remember the opinions expressed on Patient Power are not necessarily the views of our sponsors, contributors, partners or Patient Power. Our discussions are not a substitute for seeking medical advice or care from your own doctor. That’s how you’ll get care that’s most appropriate for you.

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