A review of pharmacologic options for previously untreated chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

  • Kaci Wilhelm, Daisy Yu Yang
  • Published 2011 in Journal of oncology pharmacy practice : official publication of the International Society of Oncology Pharmacy Practitioners

Abstract

Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is the most common adult leukemia and has a heterogeneous clinical course. Some patients experience an indolent disease course, which does not require treatment or affect their overall quality of life. Other patients present with symptomatic advanced disease that rapidly progresses and requires therapy. For these patients, chemotherapy is the mainstay of treatment and has undergone significant evolution in the past few decades. From alkylating agents to purine analogs, response rates have greatly improved with new chemotherapy regimens. The development of chemoimmunotherapy regimens has also transformed the treatment of CLL. This article will review front-line treatment options for CLL and discuss the updated National Comprehensive Cancer Network guidelines.

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