Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)

Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is one of the most commonly diagnosed forms of leukemia in the US.1

  • CLL is generally incurable, and usually follows an indolent course2,3
  • CLL accounted for an estimated 18,960 diagnoses and 4,660 deaths in 20164
  • CLL is most frequently diagnosed among people aged 65-74, with a median age of diagnosis of 71 years4
  • Many patients with CLL have at least one coexisting medical condition5


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  2. Brenner H, Gondos A, Pulte D. Trends in long-term survival of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia from the 1980s to the early 21st century. Blood. 2008;111:4916-4921.
  3. Pileri SA, Ascani S, Sabattini E, et al. The pathologist’s view point. Part I – indolent lymphomas. Haematologica. 2000;85:1295-1307.
  4. SEER Stat Fact Sheets: Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL). Bethesda, MD: National Cancer Institute. Updated September 2016. Accessed January 26, 2017.
  5. Thurmes P, Call T, Slager S, et al. Comorbid conditions and survival in unselected, newly diagnosed patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Leuk Lymphoma. 2008;49:49-56.