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How will leukemia affect my everyday life?

How will leukemia affect my everyday life?

Ongoing treatment: Most acute leukemias are treated with IV chemotherapy. Some chronic leukemias are treated with oral medication (CML) or sometimes observation alone (cll). If you are receiving IV chemo, you may lose your hair, feel tired, and be at risk for infections due to low blood counts. You will need to change your diet and activities to decrease risk of infection. Ask your doctor. ...Read more

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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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How does leukemia cancer affect your everyday life?

How does leukemia cancer affect your everyday life?

Several ways: Fatigue is the most common symptom. Patients also have increased risk of bruising/bleeding. Infections are a higher risk for these patients as well. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of someone with cll leukemia?

What is the life expectancy of someone with cll leukemia?

Usually many yrs: Many pts survive many years with this diagnosis./ your doctor likely discussed the genetic tests and blood work that can help define the rate of progression expected with current therapy. A small percentage have a rapid course of disease. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of a chronic lgl leukemia patient?

What is the life expectancy of a chronic lgl leukemia patient?

Usually long: Lgl is usually indolent and may nto require any intervwention for long time, you need to follow up regualrly with your hematologist. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with cml leukemia--what's my life expectancy?

I was diagnosed with cml leukemia--what's my life expectancy?

Very good: Most people diagnosed with CML today are treated with imatinib or a similar drug like nilotinib or desitanib. These medications will often put people into remission. If you obtain a cytogenetic/molecular and hematologic remission people often live for years. The biggest risk is transformation to an aggressive leukemia, though this does not frequently occur. Many factors determine prognosis. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with cml leukemia 7/26/09, what's the longest life expectancy?

CML has good treatme: The life expectancy for patients with CML has increased a lot during the last 10 years. Most people live upto and beyond 15-20 years and the good news is the treatment keeps geting better every year. So it is potentially going to be successfully treated. But it does require life long treatment which is a bummer! ...Read more

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What would the life expectancy of a person with acute myeloid leukemia be?

What would the life expectancy of a person with acute myeloid leukemia be?

Too many: Factors to make a specific comment. Without treatment survival is weeks to a few months. Many AML patients can be cured. ...Read more

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Could you give me the median survival for the elderly , over 65 , with acute lymphoblastic leukemia ?Also, what was it 30 yrs.Ago? I lost a loved one in 1982, wondering if life expectancy improving in this age group?I'm not sure what the life expectancy w

Could you give me the median survival for the elderly , over 65 , with acute lymphoblastic leukemia ?Also, what was it 30 yrs.Ago? I lost a loved one in 1982, wondering if life expectancy improving in this age group?I'm not sure what the life expectancy w

Not too good...: Age older than 60 years is one of the adverse prognostic indicators for adult acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The presence of the philadelphia chromosome, mll gene rearrangement, WBC over 100, 000/microliter, and failure to achieve remission after 4 weeks of therapy are other poor prognostic factors. Overall, only 20-40% of adults are cured and these are usually the ones without adverse factors. ...Read more

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