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Although fludarabine phosphate (Fludara®) can be an effective chemotherapy treatment for treating chronic lymphocytic leukemia in some adults, it may cause problems in some people.
For instance, there have been reports of Richter's syndrome occurring in people who had chronic lymphocytic leukemia and were treated with fludarabine. Richter's syndrome is a rare but aggressive form of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma that starts as chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
(To learn more, click Precautions and Warnings With Fludarabine. This resource discusses some of the complications that may occur with this chemotherapy drug and explains what to talk to your healthcare provider about before beginning treatment.)