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What is the survival chance of a 73 year old person who diagnosed with acute leukemia and his white blood cell is 80,000?

What is the survival chance of a 73 year old person who diagnosed with acute leukemia and his white blood cell is 80,000?

Which type?: The odds depend entirely on the molecular and antigenic sub typing of this particular tumor. Unti this is done, prognosticating is not helpful ...Read more

Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Leukemia (Definition)

Leukemia is a malignant hematologic neoplasm that originates in the bone marrow and represents a clonal proliferation of hematopoietic elements belonging to any of the myeloid, lymphoid, erythroid, and megakaryocytic lineages. Of note, other hematologic neoplasms like lymphoma or myeloma may demonstrate a leukemic phase without actually originating in the bone marrow ...Read more


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Which is worse: chronic or acute leukemia?

Which is worse: chronic or acute leukemia?

Acute: Acute leukemia comes on suddenly, and without treatment can quickly turn fatal. The chronic leukemias begin slowly and it can be many years before it is even obvious that someone is ill. This difference in behaviour is why they are called "acute" or "chronic.". ...Read more

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Is it possible to have acute leukemia twice?

Is it possible to have acute leukemia twice?

Well, yes...: Sometimes the same leukemia can come back, sometimes you can have 2 different types of leukemia. ...Read more

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How do you discover someone has acute leukemia?

How do you discover someone has acute leukemia?

Common symptoms: Symptoms at presentation of an acute leukemia are typically related to infiltration of the bone marrow with cancerous cells. This can cause bone pain. Additionally, the marrow is where the blood cells are made. So anemia - fatigue, paleness; low platelets - easy bruising, bleeding, petechiael rash; and abnormal white cells - fever, infection; are all common symptoms. ...Read more

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I've got adult acute leukemia. Now what?

I've got adult acute leukemia. Now what?

Treatment: There are mainly 2 types of acute leukemia. Myeloid and lymphoid. Treatment depends on certain features on bone marrow. That can categorize you in low, intermediate or high risk. In general induction chemotherapy followed by consolidation chemo can put patients in remission. ...Read more

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What's a simple way to say what adult acute leukemia really is?

What's a simple way to say what adult acute leukemia really is?

White cell overload: In leukemia, the white cells from the marrow are malignantly overproduced. The cells that produce them push the red cells and platlets out of the way and the white cells are poorly functional so you are susceptible to infection. This is an acute type of cancer that needs immediate attention from your hematologic/oncologic specialist. ...Read more

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Is it possible for chronic leukemia to turn into acute leukemia?

Is it possible for chronic leukemia to turn into acute leukemia?

Yes: Yes, chronic leukemias, usually after a relatively long period of evolution, may turn into an accelerated phase, sometimes called "blast" phase, which is equivalent with acute leukemia. This transformation indicates accelerated progression. ...Read more

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What are the chances of surviving acute leukemia (67 years old)?

It depnds on Type of: It depends on the type of leukemia (Acute leukemia is very bad). Chronic leukemia is much more treatable. ...Read more

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What is the difference between chronic leukemia and acute leukemia?

What is the difference between chronic leukemia and acute leukemia?

Nature: Acute means urgent require treatment right away. Chronic likely present fora while and may not require treatment urgently. ...Read more

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What should I do about acute leukemia in my 102 year old grandmother?

What should I do about acute leukemia in my 102 year old grandmother?

Be supportive: Treatment of acute leukemia in a 102 year old is not a good idea. It will lead to more harm than benefit. I would consider hospice and supportive care alone. ...Read more

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