With a diagnosis of SLL/CLL comes a heightened awareness of any new lumps and bumps; is our CLL becoming aggressive, do we have Richter's Transformation, or is the latest bump due to something innocuous that everyone can experience?
H. Peter Soyer, Professor of Dermatology and Katie Lee, Study coordinator and research assistant, both of The University of Queensland provide an excellent overview of the various causes of lumps and bumps and what we may need to do. Naturally, with CLL, we need to be more proactive than the general audience for which this article was written, so if you are at all concerned, check with your doctor/specialist.
Incidentally, I suspect my SLL, which later became CLL, started in a lymph node which suddenly appeared on my thigh and which my GP dismissed as a lympoma. This was perhaps 5 years before my eventual diagnosis. My haematologist later informed me it was a lymph node and checks it occasionally. I can understand the misdiagnosis, given how rare CLL is compared to lympomas, but I still wish it had been correctly diagnosed and treated with radiation - I might have been cured of SLL/CLL...