If leukaemia returns
In many cases, treatment will make the leukaemia symptoms ease or disappear for a period of time. This is called remission. It is common for chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) to come back (recur or relapse) after treatment and following a period of remission.
If you have a recurrence or the disease transforms, further treatment can usually be given to control the leukaemia and may lead to another remission. In some situations, doctors may recommend a stem cell transplant.
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Dr Kate Melville, Haematology Staff Specialist, Calvary Mater Newcastle, and Conjoint Lecturer, The University of Newcastle; Karl Jobburn, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Haematology, Liverpool Hospital; Patricia Masters, Consumer; Karen Robinson, 13 11 20 Consultant, Cancer Council NSW; Dr Emma Verner, Staff Specialist, Haematology, and Medical Director, Bone Marrow Transplant and Apheresis Unit, Concord Hospital, and Clinical Senior Lecturer, The University of Sydney.
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