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Doctor insights on: Acute Lympoblastic Leukemia

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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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Is the course all downhill for acute m leukemia?

Is the course all downhill for acute m leukemia?

Intensive therapy: If fitted for intensive chemotherapy, a patient with AML is usually treated with several cycles of chemotherapy. Fever, infection, frequent blood transfusion, fatigue is very common after each cycle of chemotherapy. Reduced intensity therapy is used in elderly patients with less toxicity. However, the rate of cure is less when compared to intensive chemo. ...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?

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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