How Should Patients Manage CLL and Diabetes?

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Patient Power community member Grant writes in, “Is there any advice for me going forward with a double diagnosis of diabetes and chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)?” During this Ask the Expert segment, guest CLL expert Dr. Jeff Sharman, from The US Oncology Network, responds by giving recommendations for monitoring disease behavior and receiving treatment for both conditions. Dr. Sharman discusses potential treatment interactions and explains how CLL mutational status can impact care. 

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In contrast, somebody with an unmutated 17p-deleted CLL, it's the CLL that's going to be more dangerous.  Fortunately, the treatment interactions don't overlap all that much.  Sometimes with chemoimmunotherapy we give steroids, and that can be problematic for patients with diabetes, but I would manage them by and large independently.

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