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Doctor insights on: Acute Leukemia Symptoms In Adults

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For what length of time do acute leukemia symptoms take to appear?

For what length of time do acute leukemia symptoms take to appear?

Quickly: Usually the symptoms of acute leukemia appear quickly. Most people have symptoms which cause them to seek medical care and their leukemia is then diagnosed. Patients with acute leukemia who are not treated typically have symptoms develop or progress within a few days. ...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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I have 5/9 symptoms of acute leukemia should I be worried does this mean I have leukemia?

No guesswork here: There is no one symptom that can point to a definite diagnosis of acute leukemia. It is something that requires a simple blood test called CBC and differential count which can be run in any laboratory and the results can indicate if there is some abnormality that indicates a possiblity of leukemia which usually shows up in the blood but sometimes it requires bone marrow examinat for confirmation. ...Read more

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How quickly would acute leukemia develop in months? How long would it take to show symptoms, what would they be?

How quickly would acute leukemia develop in months? How long would it take to show symptoms, what would they be?

Rapid progress: Acute leukemia develops over weeks to months. Symptoms can include fevers, fatigue, bone pain, easy bruising, shortness of breath and loss of appetite. The diagnosis is made with bloodwork and often a bone marrow biopsy. The good news is that the chance of survival has increased dramatically over the alst few decades. ...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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If acute leukemia relapse, white blood cell will drop? Or any other symptoms ?

Acute leukemia: White count may drop or it could rise significantly, both or concerning. Other symptoms, easy bruising, infections, weakness, list goes on and on. ...Read more

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What is acute leukemia?

What is acute leukemia?

It is a disease: Acute leukemia is a blood disorder where white cells are not formed normally. It has excellent treatment available now. ...Read more

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How is acute leukemia cured?

Multiple ways: Leukemia, like any other type of cancer, can be cured in a variable proportion of cases. In many other cases where complete cure is not possible, long-time remission can be achieved. This is usually accomplished by using a combination of medications (chemotherapy). Many times, after chemotherapy, a bone marrow transplant can provide the definitive cure. ...Read more

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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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