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Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL): Symptoms

What are the symptoms of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)?

Many people don’t have any symptoms before being diagnosed with CLL. The cancer is often found when a person has blood tests done for another reason and the tests show too many white blood cells. If CLL does cause symptoms, they can include: 

  • Feeling tired or weak

  • Fevers, chills, or night sweats

  • Frequent infections

  • Enlarged lymph nodes, often felt as lumps beneath the skin

  • Pain or a sense of fullness in the upper abdomen, from an enlarged spleen

  • Feeling full after eating only a small amount

  • Weight loss

  • Bleeding or bruising easily

When to see your healthcare provider

Many of these symptoms may be caused by other health problems. But it is important to see your healthcare provider if you have these symptoms. Only a healthcare provider can tell if you have CLL or another type of cancer.

Online Medical Reviewer: Alteri, Rick, MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Cunningham, Louise, RN
Last Review Date: 10/1/2015
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