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Dr. James Ball

Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Denver, CO
21 years experience male

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Denver, CO

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2055 High Street, Suite 340, Denver, CO
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Pediatric Hematology and Oncology

Pediatric Emergency Medicine

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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Not just White Count: Leukemia is a disease that starts in the bone marrow. The white blood cell count can be variable. The other blood counts (red blood cells and platelet... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Yes.: AML is a very difficult disease to treat. This disease is deadly if not treated. The only successful treatments are with chemotherapy. some people ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Yes. : Chemotherapy typically causes death of fast growing tissues. These include the cancer and a number of normal tissues including bone marrow, hair folli... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
See below: The dose can vary. The frequency of dosing can vary. I would probably treat with 1500 or 2000 milligrams twice a day. But again the dose and frequency... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
What kind of anemia?: There are certain types of nutritional deficiencies that can contribute to anemia. Different nutrient deficiencies cause different types of anemia. ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
No.: The tests for sickle cell disease or trait do not influence that tests for hiv.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Bleeding: Von willebrand disease is a bleeding disorder. There are several types, but the most common type involves nosebleeds or heavy periods. It can also cau... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Many: Most are acute leukemias. These include all and aml. There are other types within each of these groups. Children can also gt chronic leukemia. T... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
See below: Carrying sickle cell trait is not typically dangerous, so it is likely that persons with sickle trait will have children. These children are more lik... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
No: Sickle cell trait is a genetic variant that is either passed on or it is not. If it is passed on the body will not fight it.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Maybe, but not best: A routine blood test can show sickle cells, but they may not be reviewed that closely. The best test is a special test of the hemoglobin, called hemo... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Theoretically yes.: Odds are that you will not match multiple members of your family. But you could give multiple times, to multiple family members theoretically.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Depends.: Major factors that affect survival are stage and histology and another genetic test of the tumor. Survival ranges from 95% in some cases (stage 1, fa... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Platelet counts vary: The normal platelet count varies tremendously. They also can elevate from the normal number fairly easily (even during illness with fever). If your pl... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Sometimes: Bone marrow transplant is a difficult treatment, but it can cure leukemia. It is important that the leukemia is in remission prior to transplant.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
MTHFR mutation: The genetic finding can possibly increase clotting problems. The mthfr protein is responsible for metabolism of homocysteine. High homocysteine level... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Needs more tests: I would follow up with your doctor today. Your son needs more tests. This could be something very serious. You may need a blood doctor to help determi... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Childhood cancer: Pediatric oncology is the study of the diagnosis and treatments for childhood cancers. Much of the treatment involves chemotherapy, which is a major ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Unlikely.: Iron deficiency anemia is very treatable. It is very unlikely to die from this. But iron deficiency can be a symptom of a far more serious illness. ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Many reasons: Some have bleeding disorders, some have allergies, some have very dry noses. Nosebleeds are very common.
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A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Yes. : A blood transfusion can definitely increase blood pressure. It will most likely be back to normal in 1-2 days.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Abonormal nodes: One reason for abnormal lymph node swelling would be leukemia or lymphoma. They may test his blood, his bone marrow, or his lymph nodes. I hope the ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
No.: Bone cancers are typically diagnosed by biopsy after noticing an abnormality on x-ray or mri. There typically have no abnormalities of blood work. L... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Good: The treatment for allis very long but very good. There are different risk groups of all depending on many factors. The best of these have a prognosi... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Anemia is common.: Both during the diagnosis and during treatment, anemia is common. Leukemia and the treatments cause red blood cells not to be produced normally, whic... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Prenatal diagnosis: There is a strong possibility (75%) that your child will have thalassemia. There is a good chance (50%) that it will be thalassemia minor, like what ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Yes.: There is no relation to the presence of a spleen and the development of leukemia. Leukemia can cause an enlarged spleen, but not having a spleen will... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Should not.: Thalassemia minor should be detected on a blood count, but not symptomatic. Therefore, it should not affect your boxing career. The cure for thalass... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Uncommon. : This would be very uncommon. But it can happen. Definitely take the prescribed medicine and follow up with your doctor regularly.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
NK cells act fast: Nk cells are lymphocytes. Other lymphocytes require some level of processing of antigens before they act. Nks do not have this requirement. Therefo... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Decrased function: The spleen can slowly lose function over time, due to infarction from sickle cells. This is typically asymptomatic. It can also become swollen quick... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Join the registry: The major registry in the us is the nmdp. They have information at bethematch.Org. Joining this registry can be done by submitting a sample (cheek s... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Opposites: Leukopenia means low white blood cell count. Leukocytosis means high white blood cell count. These are noted on a complete blood count.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Mostly autosomal: There are several genes involved in fanconi anemia. Any disruption of one of these genes can result in fanconi anemia. Most of the genes are not on ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Yes.: There are established normal levels for different age groups regarding CBC findings. Numbers that are barely lower than these ranges will show early ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Survival advantage: Sickle cell is due to a single genetic mutation. This may have occurred in several areas, but in africa, those who were born with sickle cell trait w... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Depends: Blood counts generally describe three types of cells. Anemia would be low red blood cell numbers, and this could be "low blood counts". But low bloo... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Depends.: There are many factors involved in the long term prognosis. The bladder is a tough spot to have this disease, but i would be very hopeful that there ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Blood test: The anemia of iron deficiency give very small red blood cells. The anemia of B12 deficiency causes large rbcs. But even better than looking at the bl... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
No. : Anemia does not cause asthma. Nor does it worsen asthma symptoms during exercise. Anemia will make exercise more tiring, as fatigue is common with ane... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Mostly unknown.: Only a few leuekemias have known causes. There are certain genetic conditions that predispose one to getting leukemia. There are a few exposures (be... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Induration: The tissues under a bruise can often be injured and become swollen and hard. We call this induration. I would expect the induration to improve with th... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Yes. : Some complications of sickle cell can make fathering a child difficult. But in most situations there is no trouble.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Symptoms. : When someone had leukemia, it causes specific symptoms. These include easy bruising or bleeding, fatigue, fevers. The leukemia affects the blood count... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Unique, certainly: These are both fairly commonly inherited disorders. Factor v leiden occurs in about 1/100 people. Von willebrand is also about 1/100 or so. So it is... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Shortened. : Depends on the complications experienced as a child. Those with numerous complications will love shorter lives than those without complications. Those... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
No.: It seems to have proven efficacy. Fda approval is difficult to obtain, and is not necessary for access to this treatment. There will likely be more ... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Not normal.: She is constipated. Typically some fruit juice (apple, grape, prune) or other remedies for constipation should be tried. Kids this age should not ha... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Not sure. : My understanding is that marriages are regulated in nigeria based on sickle cell genotype. This is not the case in the United States. I thought that t... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
See below: Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (all) is a type of cancer of the blood. The cancerous cell in all is the lymphoblast. There are differ ENT types of lymph... Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Ball is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Ball is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you all ur answers are helping me understand and are actually giving me peace I still cry for her but I know in my heart it was right
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I think so the names were so hard to remember I just know the first letters and that was them they made her bleed a lot and she passed away
HealthTap member
Thank you for answering my questions I have so many about this disease that took my child's life and my grandmothers sister was 65

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Mississippi School of Medicine, MS
Graduated 2002MD

Residency

Children's Hospital of Alabama (UAB)

Awards

Assistant Professor, Bone Marrow Transplant, Children's Hospital of Alabama
Top Pediatric Hematologist and Oncologist, Second Place, National - Winter
2013
Top Pediatric Hematologist and Oncologist, First Place, Colorado - Summer
2013

Affiliations

American Society of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
American Academy of Pediatrics
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