My mother was diagnosed with CLL 3 years ago. Her WB count was 19K. She goes every 6 months to get checked and 2 months ago it jumped to 98k. The Dr wants her to start treatment but she is refusing. She is 74 and otherwise in good health. This fall I noticed she is bruising easily. She is also fatigued and swollen lymph nodes.
Her reasoning for not doing treatment is that back in '83 her mother was diagnosed with Waldenstrom macroglobulimia. After her first chemo treatment she died and the Dr didn't know why. Anyone gone through treatment and had any problems with it? Her Dr said it isn't really considered chemo. So I'm confused.