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CLL Diagnosis - The Top 5 Things You Need to Know
Posted: Jan 26, 2023
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Lydia Scarfò, MD, with the Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milano, Italy shares the top five things a newly diagnosed CLL patient needs to know. 

  1. CLL does not always require treatment.
  2. If a patient does require treatment, there are new non-chemo targeted agent therapies that are very effective and well tolerated to manage CLL.
  3. It is very important for the patient to follow a healthy lifestyle to help protect their immune system. 
  4. Patients are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated due to they are at a higher risk of infection.
  5. Get a yearly dermatologist checkup to screen for skin cancer. CLL patients are at a higher risk of skin cancer tumors. Frequent checkups can help catch skin tumors early on and be removed in an outpatient clinic. 
The author Megan Heaps

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Megan Heaps

Megan joined HealthTree in 2022. As a writer and the daughter of a blood cancer patient, she is dedicated to helping patients and their caregivers understand the various aspects of their disease. This understanding enables them to better advocate for themselves and improve their treatment outcomes. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family. 

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