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My husband was diagnosed prior to surgery in a screening test (cbc) about two years ago. His lymphocyte count was around 14,000. He was 63 at the time. His surgeon sent him to an oncologist. She did a bone marrow and identified his CLL as B cell lymphocyte involvement. B cells are your memory cells (the ones that remember that you had chicken pox). She said if he had to have it that this one was the best. T cells (the other lymphocyte) protect you from active disease (like HIV). The bone marrow was a definative test. Not pleasant, but can tell you for sure. You can probably wait to see if the lymphocyte count may be caused by disease. If it is, then the lymphocyte count should go down. His count is around 34,000 now and will fluxuate by about 4,000. Normal is between 1000 and 3500. The oncologist says that they would not even begin treatment until 350,000. So, the point is that if you have it - there is probably time - so don't panic. There are fast moving types of CLL, so you should be monitoring your WBC (white blood count) frequently. Hope this helps. :wave:





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