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Doctor insights on: Acute Lymphotic Leukemia

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Leukemia (Definition)

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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Is the course all downhill for acute m leukemia?

Is the course all downhill for acute m leukemia?

No: It depends on patient' s condition, type of response, Cytogenetics, and if a transplant can be done in poor risk disease or not ...Read more

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How can I best take care of acute lymphocitic leukemia?

How can I best take care of acute lymphocitic leukemia?

Chemotherapy: The standard of care for all in 2013 -is combination of chemotherapies. Rituxan (rituximab) which is an antibody againsts cd 20 will be incoorporated to the chemo regimen if cancer expressing cd20 +. Genetic profiling evaluation is very important in acute leukemia-not only for prognosis but also hopefully soon to help us in treatment selection. Discuss in detail with your oncologist/hematologist. ...Read more

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What are the tests for acute adult leukemia?

What are the tests for acute adult leukemia?

Bone marrow exam: The basic tests include blood review, flow cytometry but the definitive test is a bone marrow biopsy which gives the detailed information about type and prognosis of the acute leukemia. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of acute adult leukemia?

Several: Fatigue, fever, easy bruising, infection are some of the symptoms of acute leukemia. Having any of these symptoms, however, does not mean that someone has leukemia. ...Read more

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For acute myelogeous leukemia in a 24-year-old?

For acute myelogeous leukemia in a 24-year-old?

Rephrase question?: Can you rephrase your question? Are you asking about treatment for aml? Treatment would depend on the type and biology/cytogenetic profiles of the aml. Generally speaking- in majority cases would need to get a combination of chemo as an induction then plus minus stem cell transplantation. A derivative of vitamin a- sometimes is given to certain case of aml. Discuss in detail with your oncologist. ...Read more

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What can be done for acute promyelocytic leukemia?

What can be done for acute promyelocytic leukemia?

Chemotherapy: This type of leukemia, apl is a medical emergency. It is treated with standard chemotherapy for leukemia plus a medication called atra (all-trans retinoic acid). In apl, the white cells stop maturing at the promyelocytic phase so atra allows them to mature and the chemotherapy destroys the leukemia. This is probably one the more curable leukemias. Then atra is taken for 2 years as maintenance. ...Read more

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What are differences between acute and chronic leukemia?

What are differences between acute and chronic leukemia?

Various : Acute leukemia can lead to symptoms (bleeding, fever, infection, weakness) very quickly and requires treatment soon to avoid serious consequences including death. Chronic leukemias are more indolent may take awhile before causing symptoms often diagnose incidentally on a blood count. Treatment depends on the kind of leukemia: myeloid-treated soon to avoid becoming acute; lymphoid-could be watched. ...Read more

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What is the difference between acute and chronic leukemia?

What is the difference between acute and chronic leukemia?

Everything: Acute leukemia is presented with the presence of significant level of a very immature blood cells in the circulation and increase level in the bone marrow. It is a very agressive and life threatening. Without treatment people die within weeks and few months only. Chronic leukemia- is progressing slower than acute leukemia. Chronic leukemia can transform into acute leukemia sometimes. ...Read more

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What is the difference between acute and chronic leukemia ?

Curability: Acute leukemias typically need treatment right away and can possibly be cured. Chronic leukemias are not usually curable because they are typically slower growing. I tell patients chronic leukemias are treatable not curable. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Acute adult leukemia?

It is a Blood Cancer: Acute leukemia is a virulent and rapidly progressive blood cancer which can be detected with a blood test. There are two types of Acute leukemia, based on the cell of origin. One is called AML(Acute Myeloid leukemia) and the 2nd one is called ALL(Acute Lymphoblastic leukemia. These are two different diseases,requiring a different treatment which is largely based on use of Chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Will leukemia cause low hemoglobin levels? How quickly does it progress if acute?

Will leukemia cause low hemoglobin levels? How quickly does it progress if acute?

Unlikely: Unlikely acute leukemia, plz see a hematologist. Anemia has many causes at your age most common being iron deficiency. Acute leukemia without therapy is a fatal disease. ...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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Is there a karyotype for acute lymphocytic leukemia?

Is there a karyotype for acute lymphocytic leukemia?

Yes: Chromosomal abnormalities, such as t(9;22)(q34;q11) (abl/bcr), t(12;21)(p13;q22) (tel/aml1), and t(11q23) (mll) are independent prognostic indicators in childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia. ...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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What is acute lymphoblastic leukemia (all)?

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Blood cancer: All is a form of leukemia which in turn is a form of cancer, more specifically blood and bone marrow cancer. The word "acute" means it progresses faster, as opposed to chronic cases that usually have a slower progression. The word "lymphoblastic" means immature lymphoid and describes the type of malignant cell involved in this leukemia, as opposed to other types of cells, for example myeloid. ...Read more

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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?

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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Help please? How is the pain in acute leukemia?

Help please? How is the pain in acute leukemia?

Hard to say...: It is very difficult to give you a general description of pain in leukemia since it varies widely from patient to patient. Generally, for example, in the beginning (before treatment) there may be bone pain from infiltration of the bone marrow or abdominal pain from infiltration of spleen/liver. Once treatment is initiated, there may be some pain associated with that, too. ...Read more