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Can Mold Cause Leukemia
Leukemia suggested..: By symptoms and signs: fatigue, pallor, headache, fast heart rat, bleeding, bruising, petechial rash, fever, bone pain, walk refusal or loss of milestones, cranial nerve palsies, lymphadenopathy, splenomegally, etc. While we know much about the molecular genetic events that correlate with and support leukemia, we know little (beyond radiation) as to what causes leukemia. We learn more every day. ...Read more
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
Lots of causes: Are you on any new medicines or supplements? Purpura are raised red/purple spots on the skin. There are many causes of purpura, some are serious. Discovering the cause may take some time, but it is important to find out why. Here's a good discussion of the causes and the workup: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003232.htm Never worry until you have to. Wastes energy. Go play! ...Read more
SIMPLE ANSWER: There is no specific symptom. Symptoms vary, for example: fevers, night sweats, weight loss, fatigue, weakness and shortness of breath to name a few. Initial best test is a: CBC - complete blood count. For CML there has been a chromosomal translocation known as bcr/abl resulting in what is known as the philadelphia chromosome. Treatments are oral tyrosine kinase inhibitors that target c-kit. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, in some cases: Radiation can be used to treat leukemia in certain situations. It can be used as part of the leukemia treatment in preparation for a stem cell transplant. It can also be used to treat leukemia that has spread to the spinal fluid or formed a mass of leukemia cells outside the bone marrow. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What causes leukemia? What is the treatment like? Is it a long term and continuous treatment? Is it going to cost a lot?
Depends: There are many types of leukemia and many types of treatment for each type. Some require just observation alone, otheres require aggressive, multiagency chemotherapy. Treatment can be quite expensive. Your best bet is an academic center that has extensive experience correctly diagnosing, treating and managing leukemia. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Random mutations...: occur in our body's cells because they are not able to correct all of the millions of DNA damage events that naturally occur during our life. In the event that a bone marrow progenitor cell gets hit with an unlucky series of mutations then a leukemic cell will be made, and grow out of control. Familial susceptibility, or exposures (e.g. chemotherapy, radiation, or benzene) may increase this risk. ...Read more
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