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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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
What is the life expectancy of a person with chronic lgl leukemia that is under control but not in remission?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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