Goal of Surgery for CLL

With chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), surgery is sometimes used to remove a swollen spleen, a procedure called a splenectomy. Your spleen is an organ near your stomach that is involved in the production of white blood cells and destruction of red blood cells. A splenectomy does not cure CLL, but may help improve blood counts and relieve pressure and discomfort from an enlarged spleen.


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