In rare cases of Reference chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) Opens New Window, the Reference spleen Opens New Window Reference Opens New Window needs to be removed. This happens when the spleen is destroying red blood cells and platelets. The operation is called a splenectomy.
Often a swollen Reference lymph node Opens New Window will be removed to confirm the diagnosis of leukemia. This operation is called a lymphadenectomy.
Surgery is sometimes needed to place a Reference central venous catheter into a large vein in the chest. The catheter is a small tube that is used to give you chemotherapy and other drugs. The tube can also be used to take samples of blood or for giving blood transfusions when needed. It prevents the need for many needle sticks during treatment.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference October 22, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Brian Leber, MDCM, FRCPC - Hematology