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Cancer Treat Res. 2015;165:147-75. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-13150-4_6.

Prognosis and therapy of chronic lymphocytic leukemia and small lymphocytic lymphoma.

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Hematology Branch, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bld 10, CRC 3-5140, 10 Center Drive, Bethesda, MD, 20892-1202, USA.


Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is characterized by a highly variable clinical course that has guided treatment principles in as much as anti-leukemic therapy is reserved for patients with active disease. This heterogeneity is somewhat dissected by prognostic markers, many of which represent pathogenic mechanisms. Recently, the introduction of highly active targeted agents and maturing data on predictive markers may lead to more individualized therapeutic approaches. In this chapter, we review key prognostic markers, current and emerging therapy, and will attempt to outline a future "where the two may connect".

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