What are signs of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) progression? Expert Dr. Ryan Jacobs shares common symptoms that can signal CLL progression and why it’s important to inform your oncologist.
Dr. Ryan Jacobs is a hematologist/oncologist specializing in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia from Levine Cancer Institute. Learn more about Dr. Jacobs.
How will a patient know, are there any signs that would indicate their CLL is progressing, any signs the patient should watch out for?
Dr. Ryan Jacobs:
Yeah, we briefly touched on what I’m looking for as the oncologist. In between appointments, the patient, the obvious one is if they…more significant changes in the lymph nodes over shorter periods of time, the oncologist probably would want to hear about that rather than just you waiting on it. Big changes in functional status. If you were functioning pretty well and now you’re getting really short of breath without much exertion, that’s something to take note of. If you’re waking up drenched in sweat all the time and that’s become a more persistent issue, that would be something else to let your oncologist know about.