Treating

Find out about different treatments for CLL, and get help with treatment decisions you might need to make.

  • Decisions about treatment

    Your doctors may tell you there are different options for your treatment. Having the right information will help you make the right decision for you.

  • Monitoring (watch and wait) for CLL

    If CLL is at an early stage, and you have not developed symptoms, your doctor may suggest monitoring.

  • Chemotherapy

    Chemotherapy uses drugs to treat leukaemia. It is most commonly given as an injection into a vein or as tablets or capsules.

  • Radiotherapy for CLL

    Radiotherapy uses high-energy rays, usually x-rays to treat leukaemia cells. It is not often used to treat CLL.

  • Steroids

    Steroids are used to treat autoimmune reactions caused by CLL. They are also given with some types of chemotherapy.

  • Targeted therapies

    Targeted therapies are a type of cancer treatment. They are drugs or other substances that interfere with the way cells grow and divide.

  • Stem cell and bone marrow transplants explained

    Some people with CLL are treated with an intensive treatment called a stem cell transplant.

  • Supportive and other treatments

    Other treatments can be used as part of the main treatment for leukaemia and to treat side-effects.

  • Clinical trials

    Many people are offered a trial as part of treatment. Find out more to help you decide if a trial is right for you.

  • Life after cancer treatment

    You might be thinking about how to get back to normal following treatment. Find advice, information and support about coping with and after treatment for leukaemia.