What Is Chronic B-Cell Leukemia?

Chronic B-cell leukemia is a type of cancer of the blood and bone marrow. It is the most common form of leukemia and characterized by the overproduction of B-cells, a specific type of lymph cell in the body’s immune system. The term “chronic” in its name is in reference to the disease’s low proliferation rates, since it typically develops more slowly than other types of leukemia. 

Some of the most common symptoms to watch out for with chronic B-cell leukemia are:

  • Persistent fatigue
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Easy bleeding or bruising
  • Bone pain or tenderness
  • Weight loss without trying

Chronic B-cell leukemia is more common among older populations. If you or a loved one notices any of the above symptoms occurring on a persistent or worrisome basis, please schedule a visit with your doctor right away.

Chronic B-Cell Leukemia And Agent Orange

Veterans with chronic B-cell leukemia can attain service connection for their cancer by proving to the VA that they served in an area of presumptive Agent Orange exposure during their service. The VA grants presumptive service connection for Agent Orange exposure because a series of scientific studies conducted since the 1990’s have shown that Agent Orange causes a number of different cancers and chronic conditions. Chronic B-cell leukemia is one of those cancers and is the third most common lymphatic disability claimed by veterans for VA disability benefits. 

How The VA Rates Chronic B-Cell Leukemia

Under 38 CFR § 4.117, the VA rates chronic B-cell leukemia as follows:

Diagnostic Code 7703: Leukemia (except for chronic myelogenous leukemia)

  • 100 – When there is active disease or during a treatment phase
  • 0 – Chronic lymphocytic leukemia or monoclonal B-cell lymphocytosis (MBL), asymptomatic, Rai Stage 0

A 100 percent evaluation continues for six months beyond the end of any therapy to treat the condition. At that time, the VA determines the appropriate schedular disability rating after conducting a Compensation and Pension (C&P) examination. Any change in evaluation based upon that exam or any subsequent exam shall be subject to 38 CFR § 3.105(e). If there has been no recurrence, the VA will rate the condition based on residuals of the condition and residuals of therapy for the condition.

Help With Your Chronic B-Cell Leukemia Claim

If you are a veteran seeking assistance with your VA claim for chronic B-cell leukemia, our team of experienced veterans disability lawyers are ready to help. Please contact our office today for your free claim evaluation. We can assist you in getting the compensation you deserve.