In this review, we have highlighted recent advances in chronic lymphoproliferative disorders that commonly involve the peripheral blood. As we have seen, our concepts of certain diseases are changing. Molecular genetic and immunophenotypic studies are allowing more precise characterization of CLL and defining important biologic markers that predict clinical behavior. Prolymphocytic leukemia is now more narrowly defined and its relationship to nucleolated variants of MCL is now apparent. With new reagents and techniques applied to problems such as identification of Sezary cells and T-cell monoclonality determination, our ability to diagnose, monitor, and provide prognostic information is improving. Insight into the biology of these diseases also may provide new therapeutic targets in the future.
|Number of pages||21|
|Journal||Cancer treatment and research|
|State||Published - 2004|