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What Causes Leukemia

A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Liawaty Ho
22 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Leukemia cause: We don't know for sure. Leukemia develops as the consequence of a series of genetic changes in blood cell offsprings. These changes alter normal growt ... Read More
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Dr. Zartash Gul
19 years experience Hematology and Oncology
No one knows: There are associations like benzene but no known causative factors

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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patrick Williams
26 years experience General Practice
Depends: There are many types of leukemia and many types of treatment for each type. Some require just observation alone, otheres require aggressive, multiagen ... Read More
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Dr. Agos Luca
Dr. Agos Luca answered
Specializes in Pathology
See below...: Leukemia is multifactorial, being usually the consequence of genetic predisposition possibly combined with environmental factors. The treatment is co ... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
36 years experience Hematology and Oncology
DNA mutations: Leukemias occur due to mutations in dna. Many mutations have been linked to aml, however, the cause for most of the mutations remains unclear. Known r ... Read More
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Dr. Agos Luca
Dr. Agos Luca answered
Specializes in Pathology
Hard to say...: Many times we don't know what causes leukemia, irrespective of type. The process is probably multifactorial and has a strong genetic component. In a s ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
Yes, sometimes: There are some chemicals that are known to cause bone marrow damage leading to acute leukemia. Most of these are chemotherapy drugs of the alkylating ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Timothy Goggins
23 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Unknown: Most leukemias in adults and children do not have a specific etiology. Some leukemias in children can be linked to genetic abnormalities like down's s ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
Benzene products: Benzene used in petrochemical industry is one know cancer causing agent. But most cases of leukemia come out of the blue, without any obvious or known ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Chevlen
46 years experience Medical Oncology
Variant of CML: This is a variant of chronic myelogenous leukemia. It is the consequence of an acquired mutation in the marrow, but what causes THAT is unknown.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Rizzieri
29 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Many things: There are many reasons for this, all of which deserve a good conversation with your treating team. The disease may make the patient feel poorly, the t ... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
Preventention of Can: Cancer is primarily a disease of the older age groups (>65 year olds). From that perspective you are too young to worry about it. yet there are pre ... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
60 years experience Internal Medicine
Leukemia: Aleukemic leukemia is a rare type of leukemia in which the leukocyte(white blood cell count) is normal or less than normal. Aleukemic leukemia with a ... Read More
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