Diagnosis of CLL
This section explains how chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) is diagnosed. CLL affects the white blood cells called lymphocytes.
Many people feel shocked and upset when told they have CLL. If you need support, call Cancer Council 13 11 20.
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Monoclonal B-cell lymphocytosis (MBL)
Monoclonal B-cell lymphocytosis (MBL) is a condition that causes an increased number of abnormal B-cells (a type of lymphocyte). This number is not high enough to be considered CLL. MBL is not cancer.
MBL doesn’t require treatment, but you will need regular blood tests to monitor your lymphocyte count. A small number of people with MBL develop CLL, which may eventually require treatment.
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