What is chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL)?
CLL is a slow-growing type of leukaemia (cancer of the blood) which affects lymphocyte white blood cells.
The cancer stops the white blood cells working properly. This can cause problems with fighting infection, carrying oxygen and bleeding.
Many people with slow growing CLL can live a normal life. Other people experience symptoms that affect their quality of life at different stages of their disease and treatment.
Small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL)
CLL and SLL both affect lymphocytes. Treatment and care for SLL and CLL are very similar.
The difference between CLL and SLL is where the cancer is mainly found:
- CLL: Most of the cancer cells are in the blood and the bone marrow. The lymph nodes and spleen may be affected too.
- SLL: Most of the cancer cells are in the lymph nodes.
If you have SLL and need more specific information, you can call our Support Line on 1800 200 700.
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