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What treatments are used for early chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)?

CLL is the most common leukemia in the United States, and the incidence increases with age. Observation is generally chosen for patients in the early stages; alkylating agents and combination chemotherapy are offered to other selected patients.

Reference: Hazzard WR, et al (eds): Principles of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, 5th ed. New York, McGraw-Hill, 2003

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