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Alert Number 81

The Dawn of a New Era

Date: February 25, 2005

The February 24, 2005 issue of the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine has an article in it that is of pivotal importance to all of us battling CLL. More than half dozen of our members bought and sent me full text copy of this article. Just goes to show we are a wide awake patient community.

In the last couple of years several experts have been sounding the call for therapy decisions made on the basis of modern prognostic indicators, not an automatic W&W for all early Rai stage patients. In this article Dr. Kanti Rai, the inventor of the "Rai Staging" system, writes that with the passing of time and a better understanding of the disease, the staging system that bears his name should be replaced by modern prognostic methods. Ladies and gentlemen, the age of prognostics-based therapy is officially here.

Truly, this is a must-read article for all CLL patients and professionals. For those of us who are challenged by medical jargon, I have tried to organize and highlight the important bits in my review, Dawn of a New Era, has just been published.

Be well.


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