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Doctor insights on: Adult Onset 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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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?

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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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?

Survival rates....: In adults are not as good as they are in children, but they are improving with time. Indeed, many young adults are treated on pediatric protocols and or by peds oncologists, and this has shown to be of some benefit. Taking all comers, adults with all have approximately a 40% os, while for children this number is approximately 85%. Some subgroups of pediatric all have 95% survival. ...Read more

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