I was diagnosed earlier this week with CLL. The hematologist stressed that my CLL is slow growing and not to be frightned; however, in reading my flow cytometry report, I'm getting increasingly alarmed (especially after reading posts about CD38-positive being a prdictor of a poor prognosis). I must admit that I don't understand much of the technical jargon.
The report indicates: "kappa, CD5+, CD23+, CD20-dim, CD38-positive; a noted expression of CD19, with dimCD20, homogenenous CD23, and aberrant expression of CD5. CD38 expression appears posiive in the majority of the abnormal population (approx 87%). There is no expression of CD34 or CD10".
My doctor said a wait and watch approach is recommended and will see me in 3 month's time. I plan to see the doctor sooner to discuss in greater detail the significance of the flow cytometry report.
Thanking you in advance for listening. I'm just very anxious and trying to digest a diagnosis that I wasn't expecting.