Is chemotherapy the right treatment for leukaemia?
probably needs chemo
Thanks for your query.
The reports do suggest chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). However, all CLL do not require treatment. But in her case, indications of treatment are present, like low hemoglobin and episodes of infection. Part of low hemoglobn may be due to blood destruction due to auto-antibodies which can be controlled with steroids alone.
If she has repeated episodes of fever or infections, weight loss, etc, then chemotherapy should be given. Usually we start with inj Rituximab plus bendamustin every 28 days. But other protocols are also there. You can discuss this with your doctor. Most patients respond to this regimen and get better without too many side effects, even if age is higher, and 64 years is considered young for CLL. There are many patients more than 70 year old being treated with chemotherapy plus rituximab.
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Pls confirm the stage of the cancer as per reports. I mean whether as per reports, it is earlier stage or superier stage. It sounds silly question, but I am in very anxiety for my mother health. Also suggest at this age, is she affordable for chemotherapy treatment.
stage is XXXXXXX stage 3
according to XXXXXXX staging it is stage 3 (range from 0 to4 )
Do you really mean 'affordable'? I think you want to mean whether she can tolerate chemo or not. As I have already mentioned that most CLL patients are old and tolerate chemo. Of course the decision has to be taken by treating oncologist.
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