Leukemia - Chronic T-Cell Lymphocytic - Stages

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 08/2016

ON THIS PAGE: You will learn about how doctors describe the growth or spread of most types of cancer, called stage, and how this differs for T-cell leukemia. To see other pages in this guide, use the menu.

Generally, staging is a way of describing where a cancer is located, if or where it has spread, and whether it is affecting other parts of the body. Unlike most solid tumors, there is no standard staging system for LGLL, T-PLL, ATLL, or Sezary syndrome. However, doctors still use diagnostic tests, such as those discussed in the Diagnosis section to evaluate T-cell leukemia to help decide what kind of treatment is best and predict your prognosis, which is the chance of recovery. Talk with your doctor for details on how your specific type of leukemia will be evaluated.

Information about the leukemia will help the doctor recommend a specific treatment plan. The next section in this guide is Treatment Options. Or, use the menu to choose another section to continue reading this guide.