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Childhood Leukemia In Children
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
Wish we knew: Leukemia, like most malignancies, is due to abnormal changes in the genetics of a cell line in the body, which cause it to proliferate in a manner which overwhelms the normal cells of the body. The change is generally random, an accident statistically of cellular division and not due to some failure of parenting. Whoever discovers the real cause will be an international hero. ...Read more
Many other tests:
For diagnosis, I agree with a CBC and a bone marrow evaluation. The best test for diagnosis is done by flow cytometry and can detect even 1 leukemia cell among 10, 000 normal cells: a powerful test.
To adequately treat childhood leukemia, there are many tests that help characterize the leukemia into a low, medium or high risk group. These tests are genetic-based tests of the leukemia cells. ...Read more
Multiple: Kids with leukemia can have different presentations. Fever, anemia (low red blood cells--causes paleness and tiredness), easy bruising (not just from the knee to ankle), easy bleeding, bone or joint pain, limp, poor appetite, irritability, headache, seizures, swollen lymph nodes (glands), or shortness of breath. Many of these can have multiple causes, so if you're worried, see a pediatrician! ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Pretty old for kids: The most common leukemias that occur in kids also occur in adults. It is possible to have leukemia as an young adult and be treated according to pediatric protocols, which generally are more intensive. The protocols for childhood leukemia allow for treatment of "kids" up to 30 years of age. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Four major types...: Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (all), acute myelogenous leukemia (aml), chronic myelogenous leukemia (cml), and juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia (jmml). Each of these can be further subdivided. ...Read more
See below: There are no environmental influences.Get a more detailed answer ›
I just read that drinking coffee while pregnant can increase childhood leukemia. I drank it with both pregnancies! Dr said it was okay. What's the deal?
That's baloney: I'm sorry someone troubled you with something so foolish. Retrospective epidemiologic studies generate a huge amount of junk associations. Anyone who's scientifically literate can recognize the bogus ones. If I were to do a study to find out whether eating licorice causes your kids to be born with a unibrow, I'd get a positive result. Please don't worry about this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can sleeping with electric blanket on throughout the night cause childhood leukemia, breast cancer, or other cancers?
No: Interesting question, but no evidence that heat influences the origin of these disorders. ...Read more