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Leukemia - Chronic T-Cell Lymphocytic

This section has been reviewed and approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 5/2013
Stages

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, use the menu on the side of your screen.

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. Talk with your doctor for details on how your specific type of leukemia will be evaluated.

Information about the cancer’s stage will help the doctor recommend a treatment plan.  The next section helps explain the treatment options for this type of cancer. Use the menu on the side of your screen to select Treatment Options, or you can select another section, to continue reading this guide.

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