Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia, or CLL, is a type of blood cancer. It involves lymphocytes—white blood cells that help fight infections.
When you have CLL, abnormal lymphocytes build up in the blood and bone marrow. Over time, these abnormal cells crowd the healthy cells. The result is:
This leads to problems such as infection, anemia, and excess bruising and bleeding.
Abnormal lymphocytes may also build up in lymph nodes, the liver, or the spleen (an organ in your abdomen). This can lead to swelling of these organs.
Store white blood cells and help remove harmful substances from the body.
Helps the body fight infection. Filters damaged blood cells, bacteria, and cell waste out of the blood.
Makes red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets.
More people have CLL than any other type of leukemia.
In the United States, about 120,000 people are living with or are in remission from CLL. And more than 15,000 new cases are expected each year.
RITUXAN is available by prescription only.
RITUXAN is a prescription medicine used to treat adults with:
It is not known if RITUXAN is safe and effective in children with CLL.
RITUXAN can cause serious side effects that can lead to death, including:
Before receiving RITUXAN, tell your healthcare provider if you:
RITUXAN can cause serious side effects, including:
Your healthcare provider will stop treatment with RITUXAN if you have severe, serious, or life-threatening side effects.
Other side effects include:
These are not all of the possible side effects with RITUXAN.
Please see the RITUXAN full Prescribing Information, including the Medication Guide, for additional Important Safety Information.
You may report side effects to the FDA at (800) FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch. You may also report side effects to Genentech at (888) 835-2555.
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