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causes of plasma cell leukemia

A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hernani Cualing
29 years experience in Pathology
Bad but there's hope: Plasma cell leukemia is a very aggressive cancer of marrow plasma cells with survival sometimes measured in months. Newer drugs however along with st ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
I am not aware: of data using Ibrutinib to treat plasma cell leukemia. It is being used to treat chronic lymphocytic leukemia which is a different disease
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nisheeth Gupta
Specializes in Hematology and Oncology
Plasma celll: bad prognosis
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Dr. Christian Schultheis
23 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
Yes: But first your physicians must demonstrate that your leukemia is responsive to therapy. They will most likely get you started on chemotherapy and the ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lewis Hassell
38 years experience in Pathology
Leukemias: Acute leukemias are those with large numbers of immature cells that grow quickly. They can be either myeloid or lymphoid in lineage. Chronic leukemias ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
33 years experience in Medical Oncology
No: It occasionally occurs in families but this is quite rare. This always brings up the question if it is hereditary or more environmentally related.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience in Medical Oncology
Complex problem: It appears that your bone marrow is not making new blood, so you have anemia due to the failure of production. If you have pancytopenia then the probl ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Liawaty Ho
22 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
AML: AML is the most common acute leukemia in adults and accounts for approximately 80 % of cases in this group. In us and europe, the incidence has been s ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Liawaty Ho
22 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
Acute leukemia: Immature white blood cells called blast cells are found in acute leukemia- both in acute lymphoblastic and myelogenous leukemia. It also can be seen i ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
19 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
Wide range: Zero to "very high" (eg 100's of thousands). Leukemia undergoing treatment may result in a zero white blood cell (WBC) count. Some leukemias may have ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Liawaty Ho
22 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
Hereditary: Sickle cell anemia is a genetic blood disorder- that you are inherited from your parents. Sickle cell anemia has nothing to do with geographical area- ... Read More
A 72-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience in Medical Oncology
They are too differe: There should be no confusion between these two entities. One is a lymphoma(nodal disease) the other one is a blood cancer that should not affect the l ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
29 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
Sometimes: Leukopenia (low white blood cell count) can be a symptom of bone marrow cancers like leukemia or myelodysplasia. There are many other less serious re ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
19 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
Depends on Fx: The international staging system (iss) is useful for comparing across clinical trial but is of limited utility for helping treat an individual. Ref: g ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
44 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
Virus infection.: The aids virus specifically infects and kills t-lymphocytes, a particular kind of white blood cell that is needed for a healthy immune system. It is ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
36 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
Fatigue: Hairy cell leukemia is a very rare disorder. It is diagnosed, usually, when a person presents with severe fatigue, and anemia is detected. A large spl ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Albert Pizzo
59 years experience in Family Medicine
Polycythemia: Polycythemia is not the cause of renal cell carcinoma.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lester Thompson
32 years experience in Pathology
Reduced O2 capacity: Sickle cells do not carry oxygen the way they are supposed to. This results in less oxygen carryign capacity, and the cells will deform. As they defor ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Multiple causes: Low production due to bone marrow failure, side effects of some drugs, excessive destruction in auto-immune disorders, enlarged spleen from any cause ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Torkildson
38 years experience in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Too long: There is no way to fit an answer to this question in 400 characters. However, if you go to this website you will find a very complete answer that is v ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
44 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
Pain.: When red cells sickle, they become rigid and block the flow of blood. If this happens in muscle or bone, the result is pain. In the lung it's pain a ... Read More
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Wiernik
55 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
Depends: The number of plasma cells is not the only determinant of prognosis. Are there bone lesions on x-ray? Is kidney function normal? Has there been a resp ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience in Rheumatology
Nothing: They are not associated. A low white count is found in about 15% of african americans and has no clinical significance.
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