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Is it possible for a 14 year old to get leukemia ?

Is it possible for a 14 year old 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 more

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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 can you get leukemia?

Leukemia : Exposure to radiation, chemicals like benzene, previous exposure to chemotherapy and genetic are some but not all causes of leukemia. ...Read more

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Why did my child get leukemia?

Why did my child get 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 more

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How to get exposed leukemia quickly?

How to get exposed leukemia quickly?

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

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Could leukemia physical pains get worse?

Could leukemia physical pains get worse?

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

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How likely is it that i get leukemia again?

Impossible to say: Without knowing your specific primary diagnosis, disease risk factors, response to prior therapy and time since remission. ...Read more

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I'm scared i might have leukemia. How do I get tested?

See doctor, get test: Leukemia is usually easy to identify with a physical exam, a history, and simple blood tests. On occasion, slightly more detailed testing is required or a bone marrow exam. Most important is to see a physician and explain your concerns and why. ...Read more

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What are the common types of leukemia for a 25 year old?

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 more

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My cat has feline leukemia and she bit me multiple times. Can i get the leukemia from her?

My cat has feline leukemia and she bit me multiple times. Can i get the leukemia from her?

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

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For acute myelogeous leukemia in a 24-year-old?

For acute myelogeous leukemia in a 24-year-old?

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

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How does someone get leukemia i'm very confused about it?

How does someone get leukemia i'm very confused about it?

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 more

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How do you get Leukemia? I mean like how can i prevent it?

Link: here is a link to info. Can minimize certain risk factors like don't smoke and minimize radiation. http://www.medicinenet.com/leukemia/article.htm ...Read more

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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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Four month old with leukemia. What should I tell my neighbots?

Four month old with leukemia. What should I tell my neighbots?

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

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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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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 more

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Is it possible to get cured from leukemia cancer?

Is it possible to get cured from leukemia cancer?

Leukemia treatment: This depends on the type of leukemia. Some leukemias are curable with chemotherapy. Other types can be treated but may not be curable. What type of leukemia are you referring too? ...Read more

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Am i allowed to get a tattoo when I have had leukemia?

Am i allowed to get a tattoo when I have had leukemia?

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