CHRONIC LYMPHOCYTIC LEUKEMIA
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia is a type of cancer in the blood that takes a long time to develop. Cancer cells are cells that have multiplied and have undergone excessive cell divisions. It will also metastasize and invade other cells as well as the different organs in the body.
Lymphocytic leukemia is cancer that starts from the cells before it becomes white blood cells in the bone marrow. It is also called chronic lymphocytic leukemia because it develops for several years. In fact, affected individuals don’t show any symptoms at the onset of the disease. By that time though, cancer cells from the growth have spread all over the body including the lymphoid system, spleen, and liver.
The bone marrow produces white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets. The red blood cells are responsible for carrying oxygen in the body, the white blood cells help in fighting invaders and infection in the body while platelets are responsible for blood coagulation. When one of these cells mutates and becomes a cancer cell, it will no longer mature and die normally. It will cause cancer cell build up in the bone marrow and will crowd out the normal cells. When they are too many to be housed, the cancer cells spill out into the bloodstream where it can spread to other organs where it can prevent normal cells from functioning properly. There are two types of chronic lymphocytic leukemia: the progressive type and the acute one which grows faster and a serious type.
The signs and symptoms of CLL or chronic lymphocytic leukemia include the following:
- Enlargement of the lymph nodes, spleen or liver
- Infections that are recurring
- Loss of appetite
- As a late-stage symptom, abnormal bruising
- Night sweats and fatigue
If you think you are suffering from Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).