Leukaemia - Acute Lymphocytic

Leukemia

                                                        Chris Woollams

This article has been compiled by Chris Woollams from worldwide research and expert sources*


CHRONIC LYMPHOCYTIC LEUKAEMIA (CLL)


This must be read in conjunction with the whole of our general article on Leukaemia.









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OVERVIEW


This is the most common form of leukaemia typically developing in the over 60 age group. About 10 per cent of patients have someone else in the same family with the disease.Want to receive the very latest, hot information on this subject? Click here



TREATMENTS


Sadly, CLL is probably "incurable" using current orthodox therapies. The good news is that it develops slowly and, depending upon the stage of the disease, no treatment may actually be necessary. For example, in patients over age 60 who have low-risk, early stage A disease active surveillance may be used – a ‘wait and watch’ programme. Research suggests that these patients (patients with less than three areas of enlarged lymphoid tissue) do not benefit from early treatment and may even suffer drawbacks because of it.

womb2Radiotherapy: may be used where there is a localised collection of leukaemia cells. Sometimes all over body irradiation may be used where there is all over leukaemia cell spread. It may also be used to treat an enlarged spleen. You can read about How to maximize the effectiveness of your radiotherapy by clicking here.

Chemotherapy: In older individuals with a more advanced Stage B or C disease treatment with a corticosteroid (for example, prednisone or prednisolone) may be used. These are first-line treatments for patients where the immune systems has been altered by CLL and the patient’s immune system even attacks and destroys their own red blood cells or platelets.

Treatment options usually change when certain symptoms like falling red blood count, painful lymph node or spleen pressure or lymphocyte reproduction rates increasing occur. Blood flow problems may occur where high levels of white cells cause disruption.

Chemotherapy can include chlorambucil or cyclophosphamide plus a corticosteroid drug such as prednisone or nucleoside drugs such as fludarabine, pentostatin, or cladribine
Interferon and monoclonal antibodies are still in their infancy with CLL treatment. Drug resistance has been a big problem.

Stem Cell transplants are in their infancy in the UK as a treatment option. The stem cells may come from a family member (an allogeneic transplant) or may be your own (an autologous transplant) which were collected and frozen until you need them.

Surgery: May be used to deal with an enlarged spleen.

Support Therapies: Antibiotics, blood transfusions and even antibody infusions may be given.

Other: All readers should read the General article on Leukaemia  and note the pieces on Beneficial Bacteria, Can Candida Cause Cancer? and the use of helpful supplements like vitamin D, vitamin K and herbs like Astragalus, Echinacea and Goldenseal.


Building an Integrated Therapy Programme


Leukaemia is a whole-body disease and demands a whole body solution. There is no doubt that the bio1 Orthodox therapies do have their limitations, and no one is making any greater claims for Complementary or Alternative Therapies. What is important in Leukaemia is to build a programme of therapies that can give you the best chance of survival – the programme that can increase your personal odds of beating this disease in your own way.
In the main Leukaemia section   you will find a thorough overview listing:

  • Information on the possible factors that might be maintaining your cancer so you can avoid them


  • Information on diets and supplements


  • Information on building beneficial bacteria and controlling yeasts and fungal infections that are so common with leukaemia


  • Information on diet therapies


  • Information on complementary therapies from acupuncture to massage and Reiki


  • Information on Alternative Therapies


  • Information on orthodox therapies and drugs



There is so much you can do to avoid being yet another statistic. Please try to create a personal programme – some experts believe it can increase survival by up to 60 per cent.
Please start now. Fill in our form  (Click here)  or ring our Information Hotline on 01280 821211.


More Information on More Therapies


On this web site you will find more information about more treatment options (Complementary and Alternative, not just Orthodox), and on more ’possible contributory factors’ to the development and maintenance of your cancer, than on any other UK cancer web site. Some experts believe that approaching your cancer in this ’total’ way can increase an individual’s chances of survival by as much as 60 per cent.
 
This is all supported by the very latest research evidence from all over the world in our news section Cancer Watch.
 
We can do this because we are not hide-bound by vested interests, and so we can always put people first. We are not influenced by companies who seek to make financial gains from patients, we have no trustees working for, or sponsored directly or indirectly by such companies, our directors take no remuneration at all. This is our true independence, from which you benefit directly.
 
But this independence comes at a price: We can only rely on you, and people like you, to support our work. 47,703 people visited our site in March 2007, viewing 11 pages on average. Every month we add 20 new pages to this site. The letters and e-mails of gratitude and praise tell us we really do make a difference.

If you feel an independent voice is essential in cancer, please, please help by making a donation.  Every little helps.


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Confused by it all??


Well, we’re only trying to help you beat this disease. If you would like to have a Personal Prescription prepared for you, then click here. It will help you obtain the best information for your personal needs and particular cancer, and thus to make more informed choices and increase your chances of survival.

There is so much you can do to increase your chances of beating this disease. We simply want to help.

 


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IMPORTANT INFORMATION









 *Cancer (and its related illnesses) are very serious and very individual diseases.  Readers must always consult directly with experts and specialists in the appropriate medical field before taking, or refraining from taking, any specific action.
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