When You Visit Your Doctor - Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)

Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)

Questions to Discuss with Your Doctor:

  • Have you had fevers, chills, fatigue, or weight loss?
  • Have you had any recent infections?
  • Do you have a cough?
  • Do you have sinus congestion?
  • Do you know when to seek medical attention for infections?
  • Do your gums bleed when you brush your teeth?
  • Have you had nosebleeds or easy bruising?
  • Do you get short of breath with minimal exertion?
  • Are you lightheaded?
  • Have you been unusually tired?
  • Have you had abdominal pain or swelling?
  • Have you noticed swollen lymph nodes?

Your Doctor Might Examine the Following Body Structures or Functions:

  • Lymph nodes (neck, axilla, groin)
  • Heart
  • Lungs
  • Abdomen (for enlargement or tenderness of the liver or spleen)

Your Doctor Might Order the Following Lab Tests or Studies:

  • Complete blood count
  • Routine blood chemistries
  • Immunoglobulin levels
  • Blood test for flow cytometry
  • Bone marrow biopsy.

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