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how long can you live with leukemia untreated

A 59-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
33 years experience Medical Oncology
It depends: Chronic leukemia as it name implies can be a slowly progressive disease and might be present for years until picked up by routine tests or the disease ... Read More

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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
36 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Varies: Though this varies widely, the median survival is in the range of 6 weeks.
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Dr. Susan Rhoads
37 years experience Family Medicine
Depends.: There are several types of leukemia, some are much more aggressive than others. Treatment for many types is great these days, so why not try treatmen ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
44 years experience Hematology and Oncology
That depends.: There are many different kinds of leukemia. Some are curable, some can be controlled so well the patient has a normal lifespan, others are slow growi ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rick Koch
Dr. Rick Koch answered
21 years experience Cardiology
Depends on size: With increasing size there is more risk of rupture which is frequently catastrophic.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Myron Arlen
63 years experience Surgical Oncology
Depends on stage: Deoending on stage and tumor type, if a primary is resected and no mets present one can be cured. If a pancreatectomy is performed and no nodal disea ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
The chronic : Leukemias can have a very long survival, and in the case of lymphoid type can go that long without treatment in some cases. The acute leukmias are imm ... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christiaan Maurer
22 years experience Internal Medicine
Full life: I would expect a full life with todays medications.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Contreras
17 years experience Surgical Oncology
Tough disease: Adrenal cancer tends to be an aggressive type. Additionally, unlike breast & colon cancer, there aren't many effective drugs to treat it. Consequent ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
21 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
A long time: Although it depends a little on how severe the COPD is, for the most part, you can live a very long time with copd. I have patients with COPD getting ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Willa Terry
31 years experience Pediatrics
It depends on type: Leukocytosis (increased number of white blood cells) can be caused by infection, inflammation, allergic reaction, malignancy, hereditary disorders, o ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elden Rand
20 years experience Cardiology
Until it ruptures: Life expectancy depends on location, size, and characteristics that may make it more likely to rupture. This may be a very long time, or may cause pro ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
Why Not Rx?: The natural history of untreated colon cancer can include obstruction, perforation, and/or bleeding; any and all of these can lead to death, typically ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carol Jacobs
Specializes in Pediatrics
Depends on age: This is a rare genetic condition that has several different presentations. Infants who begin with symptoms early in life often do have a shortened li ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amir Faridi
Specializes in Hematology and Oncology
Survival: It depends on stage. Localized early stage cancer can be curable
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Liawaty Ho
22 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Idk,depends: It depends on many things- on the type of cancer- slowly growing, fast growing, what is your overall condition, etc. God only knows how long we are go ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
21 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Depends: It depends on many things: (1) how severe the COPD is; (2) how many symptoms you have from it; (3) if you are still smoking or not. Some people ha ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Contreras
17 years experience Surgical Oncology
It depends: It depends on the size, the location, and your blood pressure. This absolutely needs to be discussed with a neurologist and/or a neurosurgeon.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
49 years experience Internal Medicine
Weeks to many years: Complex question. Relates to what is causing it, at what stage it is diagnosed, the quality and consistency of care one receives (as with any chronic ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
21 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Depends: It depends on how severe the septic reaction is. If it is mild, then it is a good chance that the patient can have a good outcome. But if it is severe ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
21 years experience Medical Oncology
It depends: Ovarian cancer that is caught early enough can be cured with surgery and you can live a normal life. Ovarian cancer that can't be cured can be treate ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
36 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Depends: Germ cell tumors may be curable with treatment.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
See details: I depends on the severity and the underlying cause of the fibrosis.

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