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How Old Can You Be To Get Leukemia
Yes: If you are worried about this diagnosis, the question is why? You should get the question answered by your doctor who will do blood tests and explain the results to you. Don't jump to conclusion by reading something online and get scared. Confirm or relieve yourself of the fear by going to an expert doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Why would a typically heatly 8 year old get aml leukemia m4 it's an adult cancer and why is there not a lot of conversations about aml leukemia?
No one knows: Only in rare circumstances do we actually know the cause. Those times would be if the child was previously treated with chemotherapy or radiation therapy, if there is a known genetic problem like down's syndrome or in a few families where it may be hereditary. Exposures, foods, cellphones, high voltage transmission towers, etc have not been proven to increase the risk of getting leukemia. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below...: If you mean how to find out if a patient has leukemia, consulting a physician is necessary. If the doctor decides that signs and/or symptoms suspicious for leukemia are present, he/she will usually start by ordering a blood test. If the blood findings support a diagnosis of leukemia then a bone marrow study is also necessary. ...Read more
Possibly: If left untreated, leukemia keeps evolving and therefore most symptoms associated with it have a tendency to get worse. Consequently, immediate consultation with an oncologist once a diagnosis of leukemia was made, is of paramount importance in obtaining the best possible outcome. ...Read more
Several...: It's difficult to say in just a few words but, generally speaking, at young ages, leukemias are more likely to be of the acute rather than chronic type. In terms of cell of origin, they can be lymphoid or myeloid, so most of the time at this age it will be acute lymphoid (lymphoblastic, all) or acute myeloid leukemia (aml). Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) is also possible but not as common. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No, not really: Our immune system is very good and rejects any foreign cells that may get into our body unless they are perfectly matched genetically which is not possible in the case of a cat's blood cell/genes and human genes. ...Read more
Rephrase question?: Can you rephrase your question? Are you asking about treatment for aml? Treatment would depend on the type and biology/cytogenetic profiles of the aml. Generally speaking- in majority cases would need to get a combination of chemo as an induction then plus minus stem cell transplantation. A derivative of vitamin a- sometimes is given to certain case of aml. Discuss in detail with your oncologist. ...Read more
Random: We do not know definite causes for leukemia although exposure to higher doses of radiation (such as accidental exposures like chernobyl) are associated with an increased risk. One theory of leukemias and other cancers is that random genetic mutations or mistakes lead to cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
You need a message: I think for most parents in this situation, explaining the entire situation to everyone is too much--emotionally wrenching, time consuming--and you have to deal with everyone else's reactions. Decide on a simple message to tell people you know who aren't in the inner circle, like: "he/she has leukemia and is doing well with treatment. Thanks for asking". ...Read more
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
My 12 year old's ANC has varied from 1341 down to 918, up to 2378 down to 805 over 6mths. If it were caused by leukemia would it go up and down?
No.: Leukemia will cause a low neutrophil count. And over the course of 6 months, leukemia will be very obvious. It would not only cause a low neutrophil count at that point. It would also cause low platelets (which causes bruising and bleeding) and low hemoglobin (which causes fatigue). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
D/w your oncologist: Technically speaking, yes- you can- as long as your white blood cells counts and platelet counts are normal. There is risk for infection and bleeding involved with tattoo placement- if your white blood cell and platelet count are low. If you are still receiving active chemotehrapy - your risk for low white blood cells and platelets would be significant. So, think twice and d/w your oncologist. ...Read more
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