NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

34 NCCN Guidelines for Patients ® : Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia, 2018 3 Cancer treatments Review Review † † Clinical trials give people access to new tests and treatments that otherwise can’t usually be received. These new tests and treatments may, in time, be approved by the FDA. † † Chemotherapy stops the life cycle of cancer cells so they can’t increase in number. † † Some steroids have anti-cancer effects and may be used with chemotherapy. † † Lenalidomide treats CLL by modifying your immune system and by other means. † † Some targeted therapies for CLL mark the cancer cells for destruction by your immune system. Other targeted therapies stop the cancer cells from receiving signals to grow. † † A stem cell transplant destroys bone marrow then replaces it by adding healthy stem cells into your body. “ It is essential to have a doctor that you trust implicity, and who knows that you are the ultimate decision- maker in your treatment regimen. If you can’t advocate for yourself, ask a family member or friend for help. - Dixie