Monitoring (watch and wait) for CLL

Your haematologist or GP will check for any swollen lymph glands and arrange blood tests. You’re usually seen at least twice within the first year of being diagnosed.

If you’re worried about not having treatment, here are some helpful tips from people who have experienced monitoring:

Although monitoring can be difficult to adjust to at first, many people find it gets easier as time goes on.

I was shocked when told I wouldn’t be treated, but be put on watch and wait. Once I’d got my head round the reasons, it made sense.


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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.


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 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.

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.