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Surgery

Doctors don't often use surgery to treat chronic leukaemia. Leukaemia is a disease that affects the whole body. This is called a systemic disease.

The best treatment is one that treats the whole body, such as chemotherapy or biological therapy. But some people with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) need an operation to remove the spleen (splenectomy). 

Removing your spleen

Read about having an operation to remove your spleen if you have chronic lymphocytic leukaemia.

Preparing for surgery

Find out about what happens before surgery, the people you’ll meet and the exercises you need to do.

Going into hospital

Get tips on what you need to take in, what to expect and how to prepare to make it less stressful.

On the day

Get information on what happens on the day of surgery, including about having an anaesthetic.

After surgery

Find out how you might feel after surgery to remove your spleen.

Last reviewed: 
31 Mar 2015

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