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What are differences between acute and chronic leukemia?

What are differences between acute and chronic leukemia?

Various : Acute leukemia can lead to symptoms (bleeding, fever, infection, weakness) very quickly and requires treatment soon to avoid serious consequences including death. Chronic leukemias are more indolent may take awhile before causing symptoms often diagnose incidentally on a blood count. Treatment depends on the kind of leukemia: myeloid-treated soon to avoid becoming acute; lymphoid-could be watched. ...Read more

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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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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If someone has a chronic leukemia does their WBC stay high?

If someone has a chronic leukemia does their WBC stay high?

ONLY IN CLL: Chronic leukemia is two main types. Chronic lymphocytic leukemia most of the times do not need treatment and yes , counts may stay high. Chronic myelogenous leukemia always need treatment and counts should normalize with treatment. ...Read more

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Why is chronic leukemia considered malignant if it grows slowly and doesn't metastasize?

Why is chronic leukemia considered malignant if it grows slowly and doesn't metastasize?

Cell are abnormal: Leukemia is a cancer of blood and bone marrow. These cells are not normal and are not found in normal blood and marrow. Usually there is some type of dna damage in these cells that causes the cancer. Eventually leukemia will destroy the bone marrow, making it impossible to make normal blood cells. That is the key feature, it's progressive, destructive and eventually fatal if not treated. ...Read more

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What are the tests for chronic leukemia?

What are the tests for chronic leukemia?

Blood work etc: You would need at least- blood work. Imaging scan for abdomen would be needed in certain chronic leukemia ( cml) to evaluate spleen or if there is other indication ( such as presence of abdominal pain etc); a bone marrow biopsy will be needed in certain case of chronic leukemia. Please discuss further in detail with your hematologist/ oncologist. Read more at www.Cancer.Net ; www.Lls.Org. ...Read more

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What's the etiology of chronic leukemia?

Wish I knew.: There is some evidence that excessive exposure to chemicals such as benzene may lead to an increased incidence of chronic myeloid leukemia, and excessive exposure to radiation has also been implicated. Cllhas been linked to pesticide exposure in some-but not all-studies. In animals, diseases like cll are usually caused by a virus. In practice a doctor rarely finds the cause of a patients leukemia. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of chronic leukemia?

50% are asymptomatic: About half of patients with chronic leukemia have no symptoms and are discovered on a routine CBC (complete blood count) usually obtained for some other reason. When symptoms do occur, they may include fatigue or tiredness, swollen glands or lymph nodes, low grade fever or sweats that are persistent. More advanced symptoms can include, bleeding, bruising, anemia, enlarging belly or an infection. ...Read more

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What to do if i may have chronic leukemia?

Visit med onc doctor: The best approach is to meet with a medical oncologist with experience and discuss the treatment options when the diagnosis is confirmed. There are specifical mutations that can be tested for to guide the therapy. It depends if you have CLL or CML type. The oncologist can order the genetic testing and discuss current treatment guidelines. Then you give treatment a shot and see how it works. ...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 can I do to treat adult chronic leukemia?

See doctor: Leukemia is not some thing you can treat yourself for. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Chronic Leukemia (Definition)

Adult chronic leukemia, is a type of blood cancer where the slow overgrowth of the immune cells of the blood leads to a weakened immune system, lymph node and spleen enlargement, fatigue from anemia, and ...Read more