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Doctor insights on: Adult Onset 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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What are the tests for leukemia, adult chronic?

What are the tests for leukemia, adult chronic?

Varies: Typical tests include blood examination under the microscope and flow cytometry which is enough to diagnose chronic lymphocytic leukemia (cll). For chronic myeloid leukemia (cml), a bone marrow biopsy is also necessary. ...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 does having adult chronic leukemia mean?

What does having adult chronic leukemia mean?

Blood cancer: Leukemia is a cancer of the white blood cells and bone marrow is the site of the defect. Treatment and outcome depend on the type of leukemia and stage of the disease. Some leukemias may be curable with intensive therapy and may require bone marrow transplantation. ...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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My brother has adult chronic leukemia. What should I tell him?

See your doctor: Are you your brother's doctor? It is a subject he should take up with his doctor. Leukemia is a serious though often treatable illness and he should see his doctor asap. ...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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Is chronic leukemia always fatal in adults?

Is chronic leukemia always fatal in adults?

No: there are several different types of chronic leukemia. They are not always fatal. There are chemotherapy treatments for them. CLL type leukemia often causes no problems for several years. See an oncologist just for specific advice ...Read more

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Chances of curing acute lymphoblastic leukemia in adults?

Chances of curing acute lymphoblastic leukemia in adults?

See below: About 80-90% of patients will achieve remission, but some of these patients will relapse and not be cured. Overall cure is achieved in about 40%. Those numbers come from this link: http://www.Cancer.Org/cancer/leukemia-acutelymphocyticallinadults/overviewguide/leukemia-all-overview-survival-rates. ...Read more

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Do you treat leukemia differently in a child than an adult?

Do you treat leukemia differently in a child than an adult?

More intensive chemo: Yes, chemotherapy regimens for pediatric acute leukemia are usually much more intensive and the dose usually is higher than the chemo for adult patients. Children are much tougher than how they look . They get higher dose of chemo and more intensive , but they tolerate them very well and would bounch back right away. ...Read more

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Can someone who had leukemia as a child relapse 10 years later as an adult?

Can someone who had leukemia as a child relapse 10 years later as an adult?

Yes: Relapse is certainly possible. Also, secondary cancers are unfortunately common as well. ...Read more

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What is the survival rate for young adults that have lymphoma or leukemia?

Blood malignancy: Depending on condition at diagnosis, and with proper evaluation, staging, and treatment - excellent chances for complete remission! ...Read more

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Is adult leukemia treatable and if you have a sibling what are the chances of them being a good donor?

Is adult leukemia treatable and if you have a sibling what are the chances of them being a good donor?

Yes, 25%: Yes, adult leukemia are treatable. The treatment would depend on the type of leukemia, the biology of the leukemia etc. -the formula for calculating the chances of a particular person having an hla-matched sibling is 1 ? (0.75)n, where n denotes the number of potential sibling donors.In general, a patient with one sibling has a 25% chance of having a match. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for acute adult leukemia?

What is the treatment for acute adult leukemia?

Depends: Depends on the type, cytogenetic profiles, age, overall condition, preference. In general, combination of systemic chemo plus minus biological therapy then followed by either consolidation chemo or bone marrow transplant if indicated.Discuss further with your oncologist. Certain acute leukemia is treated with derivative vitamin a, plus minus arsenic.Clinical trial and palliative are available too. ...Read more

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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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What are the percentages of adult chronic leukemia going into remission?

What are the percentages of adult chronic leukemia going into remission?

Depends on type.: The most common chronic leukemia is chronic lymphocytic leukemia (cll). With initial treatment with the most aggressive treatments, such as fcr have a response rate of 95% and complete remission rate of 70%. Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) has a 95% rate of complete cytogenetic response for chronic phase patients receiving initial therapy with the latest drugs. ...Read more