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For some people the disease never moves beyond the early stages.
For others it might not have to start immediately. Others might have a form that grows more quickly and need treatment sooner.
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Questions for your Doctor
Staging means getting an overall picture of the level of disease.
It is important because it allows decisions to be made about the best treatment for CLL.
Recent developments in the treatment of CLL (known as “Novel Therapies”) now mean that patients can move back and forth between stages in some instances
In each stage, a group of lymph nodes means lymph nodes in one area of the body, for example, in the neck, underarms or groin.
Each area counts as one group even if the nodes on both sides of the body are swollen. So, you may have swollen lymph nodes under both your arms and this would count as one group.
The spleen also counts as one group of lymph nodes.
In stage A, it is likely the only symptom you may have is enlarged lymph nodes
In stage B, you may feel tired and under the weather, or you may have no symptoms
In stage C, you have low levels of red blood cells (anaemia) and feel tired. You may also have signs of abnormal blood clotting, such as nosebleeds, unexplained bruising or unusually heavy periods. You may be prone to getting repeated infections. You might also lose weight and have night sweats.