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How long can a person live with leukemia?

How long can a person live with leukemia?

The chronic : Leukemias can have a very long survival, and in the case of lymphoid type can go that long without treatment in some cases. The acute leukmias are immediately life threatening. ...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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How long can you live if you have leukemia?

How long can you live if you have leukemia?

That depends.: There are many kinds of leukemia. Some are curable, some can be controlled so well the patient has a normal lifespan, others are slow growing with survival over a decade. The acute leukemias are the dangerous ones, with rapid onset, high risk of death if not successfully controlled with chemotherapy and/or stem cell transplant. Even then, some of these patients can be cured. ...Read more

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For how long do kids diagnosed with jmml leukemia typically live?

For how long do kids diagnosed with jmml leukemia typically live?

It depends...: Hematopoietic stem cell transplant (hsct) appears to be the most effective treatment for jmml and can cure about half the patients. If left untreated, jmml is rapidly fatal with a median survival time of approximately 1 year the absence of hsct. Low platelet count, age above 2 years at diagnosis, and high Hemoglobin F are negative prognostic factors. ...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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How long does chemo last for leukemia?

How long does chemo last for leukemia?

It depends on type o: Leukemia types vary, so you need to tell us the exact type of leukemia? It can be acute or chronic; the duration of treatments vary accordingly. Most acute leukemias are treated for several months(one called all is treated for 1-2 years). Chronic leukemias, commonly occur in adults and require treatment for many years. But the exact info can be given to you if you ask your oncologist. ...Read more

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How long could chemo last for someone with leukemia?

Need some detail: Here. Chronic leukemias may be on continuous, or interrupted, therapy for years. Acute leukemias are on intensive therapies for 6-8 months, and sometimes maintenance for 2 years. ...Read more

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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 supposed to it take for leukemia symptoms to set in?

How long is it supposed to it take for leukemia symptoms to set in?

It depends...: It depends heavily on multiple factors one of the most important ones being the specific type of leukemia. For example, chronic lymphocytic leukemia (cll) can be asymptomatic for years, whereas various types of acute leukemia become symptomatic very quickly, usually weeks or even days. ...Read more

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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 can a person live for after being diagnosed with lymph leukemia?

Clarify exact diagno: The word "Lymph" is confusing if you are speaking about Leukemia, of which there are 2 types. Acute Lymphoid leukemia(ALL) is probably whht you are asking about. But there is also a chronic Lymphatic Leukemia(CLL), which is commonly seen in older people(> 50 years of age).
So ask your Doctor if the diagnosis is ALL or CLL?
Then we can give you some ideas about prognosis which is vastly different f ...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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How long is a typical treatment for leukemia?

Depends on type....: There are many types of leukemia (all, aml, cml, cll) and each have different treatment regimens. Age also plays a role (adult vs. Pediatric treatment protocols). For example, AML is intensive, but relatively short (~9 months). All can be 3-4 years. CML treatment can be lifelong, though is can be treated with oral pills taken daily. ...Read more

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How long can you live with leukemia without treatment?

Depends.: There are several types of leukemia, some are much more aggressive than others. Treatment for many types is great these days, so why not try treatment? If you know more about the kind you have, and your concerns, we can give a more specific answer. ...Read more

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How long would one live if diagnosed to have acute leukemia?

Untreated: The median is 3-4 months. Many successful and even curative therapies in most circumstances. ...Read more

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How long is acute mylogenous leukemia survival after chemotherapy?

How long is acute mylogenous leukemia survival after chemotherapy?

Varies: There are many types of AML and there are a lot of prognostic factors that have to calculate on each case. Especially nowadays, treatment for AML is personalized and tailored to the biology of the leukemia cells. Treatment will depend on the type and the biology markers/prognostic factors of the aml. Patients can survive only for several months or could be for several years. ...Read more

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How long might an 85-year-old male survive leukemia without chemo?

How long might an 85-year-old male survive leukemia without chemo?

Short: In general acute leukemias without treatment have poor prognosis. There are few leukemias that get cured with treatment. So I guess a hematologist oncologist will answer this question in more detail if they know what type of leukemia is affecting the patient. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how long can leukemia go unnoticed (before you end up in a hospital for symptoms)?

Varies: The interval from the disease occurrence to noticeable symptoms can vary widely function of the type of leukemia. For example, in cases of acute leukemia, this interval can be very short (days or weeks), whereas in cases of chronic leukemia this interval may be as long as many years. If a concern for leukemia exists, consultation with the primary care physician or a hematologist is recommended. ...Read more

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How quickly would acute leukemia develop in months? How long would it take to show symptoms, what would they be?

How quickly would acute leukemia develop in months? How long would it take to show symptoms, what would they be?

Rapid progress: Acute leukemia develops over weeks to months. Symptoms can include fevers, fatigue, bone pain, easy bruising, shortness of breath and loss of appetite. The diagnosis is made with bloodwork and often a bone marrow biopsy. The good news is that the chance of survival has increased dramatically over the alst few decades. ...Read more

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What causes leukemia? What is the treatment like? Is it a long term and continuous treatment? Is it going to cost a lot?

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 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.

We can not diagnose: You using this format. These lesions would need to be examined, a history obtained & other tests may be necessary in order to diagnose them. Usually the lesions needs to be identified to determine the solution. ...Read more

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If someone got a CBC in february is it possible to have developed leukemia between then and now? How long does it take for leukemia to develop?

Possible: The leukemia was likely in process in february, but was not detectable in a cbc, and has advanced enough to be detectable now. The time of onset of tumors including leukemias is generally indeterminate, you can only pinpoint the time when the tumor/leukemia becomes detectable. The underlying process has usually been in play for years. ...Read more

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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 someone in their early 40s with early chronic lymphocytic leukemia live?

It depends : This often is a disease that has a very long survival. There are ways to predict survival such as extent of disease and markers on the cells, such as zap-70.
I would review these with your doctor to get the details for your case. ...Read more

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Has there been any confirmed long term remissions with adult T cell leukemia/lymphoma?

Has there been any confirmed long term remissions with adult T cell leukemia/lymphoma?

Cure is possible...: Cure is possible but depends on many individual patient factors. ...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 it will take for acute and chronic leukemia to develop in the body before they can be found on cbc or show symptoms,,,,months or years?

Indeterminate: It is not feasible to say, for a normal person, how long it will take for the person to develop leukemia. Vast majority of the people never get one.
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Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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How long does it take for acute myeloid leukemia to develop?

It is really: Hard to tell accurately but it is pretty fast. As the name indicate, people with the condition are diagnosed when they develop one of the catastrophic symptoms. In general the development is pretty acute and progression is fast unless treated aggressively ...Read more

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How do I deal with the fact that my mother has leukemia and doesn't have long left to live?

How do I deal with the fact that my mother has leukemia and doesn't have long left to live?

There may be solutio: Your doctor or your mothers treating doctor can help inform you about the exact diagnosis and the anticipated prognosis. Since there are 4 types of leukemias, each with a variable prognosis, you need to find out the type of leukemia she has. This will then lead you to find out if she is receiving good treatment which can often give many years of survival depending on her response to treatment. ...Read more