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Alert Number 167

Infections Kill CLL Patients

Date: June 10, 2006

Want to hear a quote that will make you sit up and notice?

“About 80% of CLL patients will sustain infectious complications at some point during their disease course, and 50% to 60% of patients will die due to infection.”

Those scary statistics are the take home message of a hot-off-the-presses article we have reviewed in Infectious Complications in CLL based on a journal article of the same name by two well respected experts. Please don’t hesitate to write to us if you need help in locating a full text copy of this important paper. (Hint, hint.). Most of you have my email address, or you can write to mail

I hope lots of you will print out this expert article. Take it with you to your next appointment with your local oncologist and make him a present of it. This is “Continuing Medical Education” with a modern twist appropriate for our Internet era. Expert “Best Practices” that do not get sufficient publicity at the local healthcare level mean we all get less than optimal care. Taking that extra step to help the process of knowledge trickle down is crucial for our patient community. As the quote above proves, our very lives depend on local guys being aware of the latest information on how to protect CLL patients.

Expert credibility and our grassroots reach – a match made in heaven. Please help us get the word out!

Be well,


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