My dad was diagnosed with CLL having no symptoms,
I'd like to talk to someone with this same type of cancer
oops! I wrote to you on the other thread.Sorry Jam
I'm sorry, I'm new at this and don't know what you mean about the other thread.
I have cll and I am only 34 which is rare. Usually cll hits older people and in most cases men(not always) as in my case. I am in stage 4 and went through chemo and rado. If you have any questions feel free to email me
How are you doing? How well have you responded to treatment? My sister has stage iv cll and will probably have to start treatment soon. please advise me as to what she is up against?
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on the first screen,that lists the discussions, "jam 5/2" when you wrote to me there, I replied to you there.Let me know if you don't find it.
I am 61 years old (and a dad of 4) and was originally diagnosed with cll 9 years ago. Then
the blood count was only in the high range of normal but recently it has started to rise.
This watch and wait stage is filled with much anxiety. As a result, the best thing you can do with your dad is communicate with him and let him express his fears, if he wants to. Joining the leukemia and lymphoma society to get information is a good thing also. I recently wemt to a support group meeting (suggested by the lls) and unfortunately did not find much solace there only because there was an individual present who dominated the discussion....the mediator let him ramble on. However, that does not mean all support groups are like that. There is also the possibility of
getting a personal contact phone call from the
lls with someone who has been going through cll.
The person I spoke with suggested to put off
chemotherapy as long as possible but was very
hopeful about treatment. (There are many treatments out there) He also suggested going
to a cancer center where the doctor has treated
primarily cll patients or at least has seen many
of them compared to an oncologist who treats
just a few cll patients.
This is my first time on this csn and I hope
you find this somewhat helpful. Believe me, I
am in the same "boat" as your dad and I empathise. I try to distract myself with other
things but end up thinking alot about cll and
my own predicament. But I know I am not alone
and really am in this fight with many other patients and doctors and believe the research
does offer promising hope. As ex-baseball pitcher
Tug McGraw said, "You gotta believe!"
My husband was diagnosed with CLL about a month ago during a routine physical. We had heard of leukemia but no particulars. The Dr. indicated he was young (early 50's) to be diagnosed with this, and that there would be no treatment until he had a higher white blood cell count or enlarged spleen, liver, etc. We would like to talk with someone who has had this for a while, and find out if there are lifestyle changes that we should make, or any suggestions for coping better with this diagnosis. Also would like to know how to determine the prognosis of this condition, if there is a special place (Mayo Clinic, etc.) that we should pursue to better understand what we are facing.
Since I'm new to this site, don't know how to email to a broader group, but I'm hoping you can help me with this. Perhaps there is a clinic some of you have had experience with who specializes in CLL. If so, I would like to hear from you.