Benzene Injury Law

Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

It is estimated that each year 15,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Chronic lymphocytic leukemia is the most common form of adult leukemia. It’s a type of cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow and can be caused by benzene. Chronic lymphocytic leukemia generally develops at a slower rate than other types of cancers. It affects a group of white blood cells called lymphocytes, that help fight infections.

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    How does CLL Develop?

    The CLL disease process typically starts when a genetic mutation in the DNA of blood-producing cells. This mutation causes the production of abnormal, ineffective lymphocytes. These abnormal cells continue to multiply and accumulate in the blood and certain organs. The abnormal cells may crowd healthy cells out of the bone marrow and interfere with normal blood cell production.

    What are the Risk Factors for CLL?

    There are certain factors that may increase the risk of chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Your age, family history, and exposure to benzene are factors. Chronic lymphocytic leukemia occurs most often in older adults, usually in their 70s. A family history of chronic lymphocytic leukemia may also increase your risk. Finally, exposure to certain chemicals, such as pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, solvents, and benzene, have been linked to an increased risk of chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Workers in the automotive industries, petroleum industries, rubber industry, and mining industry have an increased risk of chronic lymphocytic leukemia.


    Typical Symptoms and Treatment Options for CLL

    Many people with CLL do not show symptoms. However, when symptoms do occur, symptoms may include fever, fatigue, weight loss, enlarged lymph nodes, bone pain, and frequent infections. Doctors may conduct a series of tests, such as blood tests, bone marrow tests, and imaging tests, to diagnose chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Treatment options for chronic lymphocytic leukemia depend on several factors, such as the stage of your cancer, whether you’re experiencing signs and symptoms, your overall health, and your individual preferences for treatment. Common treatments of chronic lymphocytic leukemia may include chemotherapy, targeted drug therapy, immunotherapy, or bone marrow transplant

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    Helper/rigger/leadman on barges diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia via benzene exposure. Plaintiff exposed to benzene via solvents used to clean tools. Employer provided the solvents. Older versions of Liquid Wrench contained high mixtures of benzene.



    Gasoline tanker truck driver diagnosed with blood cancer following years of benzene exposure at defendant’s premises. Benzene was component of the fuel that he was loading and hauling.



    Plaintiff had a 39-year career with Sabine Towing. Throughout his career, plaintiff held various positions, including seaman, quartermaster, boatswain, third mate, second mate, chief mate and master..



    Able-bodied seaman diagnosed with kidney cancer as a result of exposure to benzene and other hydrocarbons while loading and discharging crude oil and other products, cleaning tanks and measuring tank levels.



    In his 30s at the time, decedent was a contracted tanker truck driver who regularly transported toxic products. As a result, he was regularly exposed to chemicals containing benzene.



    Plaintiff’s decedent had worked as a pump man aboard various tankers in the early 1970s and early 1980s where he was exposed to benzene. In 1994, about 15 years since his last exposure to benzene, the decedent was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML).

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