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Prognosis for CLL

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After you’ve been diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL), you may want to know more about your prognosis (what may happen in the future).

CLL is a type of blood cancer that isn’t usually cured, but there’s a range of treatment options that can keep it under control in the long term.

What to expect

Generally speaking, CLL progresses very slowly. It might progress more quickly in some people, who may need treating earlier. Other people don’t need treatment for some time after they’re diagnosed, and some never need treatment. Your own prognosis is individual to you.

Many people with CLL carry on with their lives as normal – working, travelling, socialising, pursuing their hobbies – with a few restrictions or adjustments.

You can read more about the types of treatment for CLL on our dedicated pages.

"While CLL is still incurable, researchers have made great progress and, for the first time, many experts are talking about the possibility of finding a cure in the future."

David, living with CLL since 1997

Read David's story about being treated on a clinical trial

David, who is living with CLL, looks to camera and smiles. He is wearing a Blood Cancer UK t-shirt.

Speak to your hospital team

We have general information about things that might affect your prognosis, but everyone is different. If you want to know about your personal prognosis, your hospital team or GP are the best people to ask. They know you and your individual situation.

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