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How is childhood leukemia treated?

How is childhood leukemia treated?

Chemotherapy: There are many types of leukemia. They are treated differently. The treatment will include chemotherapy. The exact treatments depend on the type of leukemia. Radiation and even bone arrow transplants are used to treat childhood leuekemias. Good luck. ...Read more

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 is thecause of childhood leukemia?

What is thecause of childhood leukemia?

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

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What are symptoms of childhood leukemia?

What are symptoms of childhood leukemia?

Leukemia: Symptoms can include pallor, fatigue, multiple infection, bleeding (gum bleeding, nose bleeding, bleeding on the skin etc), fever, failure to thrive/weight loss, bony pain, shotness of breaths. ...Read more

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What are the tests for childhood leukemia?

What are the tests for childhood leukemia?

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

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What are the core symptoms of childhood leukemia?

What are the core symptoms of childhood leukemia?

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 more

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What are some of the symptoms of childhood leukemia?

What are some of the symptoms of childhood leukemia?

Fatigue: Fever, weakness, anemia, appetite loss, rashes, especially small red dots called petechia, pallor, bleeding gums, frequent infections. ...Read more

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How to know if I have symptoms of childhood leukemia?

How to know if I have symptoms of childhood leukemia?

Leukemia: Childhood leukemia can present in children with a variety of symptoms: fatigue, pallor, decreased appetite, weight loss, easy bruising or bleeding, or limp. If you are concerned about a child with these symptoms, see your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the oldest age that you can get childhood leukemia?

What is the oldest age that you can get childhood leukemia?

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 more

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I want to know what's the main cause of childhood leukemia?

I want to know what's the main cause of childhood leukemia?

Unknown: Just like most other cancers, the cause of leukemia is unknown. ...Read more

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Please explain what are some symptoms of childhood leukemia?

Please explain what are some symptoms of childhood leukemia?

Usually I see: Fatigue. Other symptoms include fever, swollen lymph nodes, paleness, infection not resolving. ...Read more

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Where can I find statistics about childhood leukemia for the u.S?

Where can I find statistics about childhood leukemia for the u.S?

Seer database or ACS: The seer database is available online and publishes all this data. The leukemia and lymphoma society and american cancer society. ...Read more

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Can you let me know how many types of childhood leukemia are there?

Can you let me know how many types of childhood leukemia are there?

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

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Are there effective natural treatments for childhood leukemia?

Are there effective natural treatments for childhood leukemia?

Unfortunately, no.: No natural treatments have been proven to cure this. Treatment of childhood leukemia requires chemotherapy and sometimes radiation therapy and stem cell transplantation. Working with an experienced pediatric oncologist is a must! ...Read more

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Which is present in childhood leukemia? In the blood film myelocytes or myeloblasts?

Which is present in childhood leukemia? In the blood film myelocytes or myeloblasts?

Myeloblasts: Leukemia often leads to Anemia, low platelets and changes in white cell count (high or low) and circulating Blasts in the peripheral blood or some components of the above elements. ...Read more

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Is a bone scan useful to diagnose childhood leukemia?

Is a bone scan useful to diagnose childhood leukemia?

No: Diagnose will be made by getting specific blood work and ultimately a bone marrow aspirate and biopsy. Bone scan will not be useful to diagnose leukemia. ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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Dr. James Ball
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Childhood Leukemia (Definition)

The leukemia are a heterogeneous ...Read more