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How long can you live if you have leukemia?

How long can you live if you have leukemia?

It depends...: The prognosis of leukemia is highly variable function of multiple factors including type of leukemia, age of the patient, stage of disease, coexisting illnesses, etc. Many types of leukemia are treatable with subsequent long remission or even cure. ...Read more

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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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How long can someone in there early 40s with chronic lymphocytic leukemia live? Another 20 years?

How long can someone in there early 40s with chronic lymphocytic leukemia live?  Another 20 years?

Possible, but varies: The prognosis of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (cll) depends on factors such as the genetics of the cll and the stage among other things. With good prognostic signs some patients with cll can have an average survival of at least 10 years and many will live for 20 or more years. On the other hand the disease can be more aggressive with adverse indicators. ...Read more

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How long will a person live after being diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia?

How long will a person live after being diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia?

D/W yourHematologist: It depends on the biology /prgnostic factors of the cll. In majority cases, cll is an indolent disease/slowly progressing disease and patients will live for many years with the disease. However there are certain biology of cll that are behaving more agressively and requiring teatment usually earlier. Discuss in detail with your hematologist/oncologist. ...Read more

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How long can a person live with acute myeloid leukemia when it is left untreated?

How long can a person live with acute myeloid leukemia when it is left untreated?

Varies: Though this varies widely, the median survival is in the range of 6 weeks. ...Read more

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My father was dignosed with leukemia and he is 65 years of age, and dont want to do any of the treatment what so ever :( how long is he gonna live?

My father was dignosed with leukemia and he is 65 years of age, and dont want to do any of the treatment what so ever :( how long is he gonna live?

Leukemia: There are many types of leukemias. In general acute leukemia present quickly and have a rapid course, some can be deadly within months. Chronic leukemias in general are more insidious and patients generally live longer, sometimes many years. Really depends on specific type. ...Read more

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How long would it take to diagnose a teenager with leukemia?

How long would it take to diagnose a teenager with leukemia?

Depends: Sometimes things are quite obvious since leukemia is rather fast growing. Other times, certain tests such as ct scans and bone marrow examination may be necessary but physicians move quickly to determine if a young patient has leukemia or not so that treatment can be started. ...Read more

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How long is it possible for leukemia to go untreated and still be able to be cured?

How long is it possible for leukemia to go untreated and still be able to be cured?

Impossible to say: The only thing that can be said for sure is the earlier a correct disgnosis is made and treatment started, the better the chance of complete remission and/or cure. ...Read more

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If a 5-year old is diagnosed with leukemia, how long will he have left?

If a 5-year old is diagnosed with leukemia, how long will he have left?

Depends: This diagnosis has a variable outcome based on type and factors identified at the time of diagnosis. Forty years ago few survived, now more than 70% do. ...Read more

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How long does it take for leukemia to show symptoms my daughter was diagnosed but her symptoms did come fully clear till she was diagnosed?

How long does it take for leukemia to show symptoms my daughter was diagnosed but her symptoms did come fully clear till she was diagnosed?

Several weeks: Acute leukemia typically progresses over 4-8 weeks. It starts silently (no symptoms) and progresses to the point where some symptom is noted. This usually takes several weeks. Keep asking your questions. I cannot imagine what your are going through. Peace and comfort to you. ...Read more

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I have pink dots on my skin. can it be a side effect of medicines or something like leukemia? andhow long will last? they are tiny.

I have pink dots on my skin. can it be a side effect of medicines or something like leukemia? andhow long will last? they are tiny.

See your doctor : It could be nothing, but please see your doctor to be sure. It is very difficult to evaluate this condition over email/internet. ...Read more

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