Together we will beat cancer


Leukemia advice

23 Sep 2019 12:04

Hi all ! 

My husband was diagnosed 9 yrs ago with CLL . 4 weeks ago he had a bone marrow biopsy taken last Thursday we received the results!

SHOCKED my husband now has AML as well so now has 2 leukemias , I am so scared as my husband is 59 yrs old with type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure , Tomorrow we are seeing the consultant to talk about induction chemo .

I feel they are leaving this to late as he was diagnosed weeks ago and that he has aggressive aml and that it has probably already started spreading,  31 years married we have never spent a night apart , and I'm so afraid as is he.  

I thought they started induction chemo straight away after the results what do you think ,? 


Leukemia advice

24 Sep 2019 10:44 in response to Cath45

Hello and thanks for posting,

I am sorry to hear about your husband's situation, this must be a difficult time for you both.

Hopefully by the time you read this you will have seen your husband's haematologist and will know much more.

Unfortunately when someone has CLL there is a risk at some point this will transition into AML, but this is very rare.

Treatment decisions can vary between patients and sometimes the doctors wish to assess the patient is fit and well enough before they start chemotherapy.

Wishing you and your husband all the best. Please get back in touch if you have any more questions or if you would like to talk things through do call one of the nurses on 0808 800 4040, we are here Monday to Friday 9am till 5pm.

Take care,


Leukemia advice

24 Sep 2019 19:48 in response to CRUK Nurse Naomi

My husband starts induction chemotherapy on Monday coming I'm so scared as he is 59 years old with high blood pressure and type 2 diabetic also as a hernia , I am worried sick so is he xxx

Leukemia advice

25 Sep 2019 11:33 in response to Cath45

Hello and thanks for getting back to us again,

I am so sorry to hear that you are feeling so worried.  I am sure that your husband's team will take in to account his different health problems but do talk through your concerns with his team.  He has probably been given a haematology nurse to provide support and information.  They are very good at explaining the different steps. 

We do have some information on our website about the different chemotherapy.  If you scroll down there is some information about what induction chemotherapy means.  Have a look here

I know that it can feel very overwhelming before everything starts. Hopefully when his treatment starts it won't feel so frightening.

If you would find it helpful please do give us a ring to talk any of this through.  You may find it helpful to talk things through with one of the nurses on our helpline.  The number to call is Freephone 0808 800 4040 and the lines are open from 9am till 5pm Monday to Friday.

Best Wishes,