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A 32-year-old member asked:

Can leukemia come and go before finally getting bad?

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Dr. Thomas Chen
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Yes: There are many types of leukemia. Some are so-called chronic leukemias that can persist for long periods of time before they need to be treated.
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 38 years experience
Yes: Leukemia can be treated and go into remission, and can then recur. It can be a fatal illness.

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A 27-year-old male asked:

Do leukemia symptoms come and go? or are they constant and tend to get worse?

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
In leukemia the bone marrow almost always produces more rather than less leukemia cells as time goes on unless effective chemotherapy is administered. Symptoms would resolve only if chemotherapy is successful. Untreated cases will experience ongoing and worsening symptoms.

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