Is CLL Hereditary?

Selina M. Luger, MD
Last Modified: February 10, 2002

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Dear OncoLink "Ask The Experts,"

I just wanted to know if I could inherit (CLL) from my mother. She got it when she was about 40, and she has had it for 21 years.  


Answer

Selina M. Luger, MD, Director of the Leukemia Program and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, responds:

Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) is not thought to be hereditary. Approximately 10,000 new cases are diagnosed per year in the United States, making it the most common form of leukemia in adults.