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I have leukemia but now in remission and I want to know if I can get and piercings or tattoos?

I have leukemia but now in remission and I want to know if I can get and piercings or tattoos?

Depends on labs: Universal precautions (clean needles, etc) should be used independent of leukemia status. You could get tattoos/piercings otherwise if your labs were okay -- platelet count normal (or >50k), WBC (particularly absolute neutrophil count = ANC normal). Check with your treating physician first of course. ...Read more

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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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Is it safe to get a tattoo considering that I had leukemia 20 years ago that has since been in remission?

Maybe not: There has been some concern of transmission of hepatitis b and c virus through tattoong. We cannot assume that all needles and paint in tattooing parlors are sterilized appropriately. Besides, tattooing produces micro wounds to the skin with the theoretical possibility of producing wounds and infection. I would probably advice against it. ...Read more

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I previously had leukemia for 3 years and am now in remission and have been for 10 years. Am experiencing swollen lymph nodes that grow and r everywher?

I previously had leukemia for 3 years and am now in remission and have been for 10 years. Am experiencing swollen lymph nodes that grow and r everywher?

Evaluation needed: Generalized lymph node enlargement in a person with a prior history of hematologic malignancy requires further evaluation. Please see your primary care or oncologist as soon as possible. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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I read that apl leukemia is very curable now but my cousin died from it after being in remission for 1.5 years. Why?

I read that apl leukemia is very curable now but my cousin died from it after being in remission for 1.5 years. Why?

EVERY CASE: Is DIFFERENT and many times when a disease like Leukemia recurs it does as a slightly different type. Besides that consideration COMPLICATIONS of THERAPY (eg infection) leads to untoward results.

Hope this is helpful
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25f, leukemia (aml) since 2011, can't go bk into remission, WBC is now 53.7. They started me on hdyrea, is this going to help my WBC go down?

25f, leukemia (aml) since 2011, can't go bk into remission, WBC is now 53.7. They started me on hdyrea, is this going to help my WBC go down?

AML and Hydrea (hydroxyurea): Hydrea (hydroxyurea) can definitely make white cells lower and will help calm down the aml, but it doesn't have the ability to put AML into remission. Its effects are usually temporary. Have a long talk with your oncologist about all possible options at this point so you can make an informed decision. Please consider stopping smoking in the meantime, because cigarettes are one of the things that can cause aml. ...Read more

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I had leukemia in 2011, am I allowed to do piercing now?

I had leukemia in 2011, am I allowed to do piercing now?

Pierce what?: If you are in remission, you may pierce your body parts. However, some piercing are not good for even a fully healthy person. Even though you are an adult it may be useful if you consult your parents before going through with the piercings.
Wish you good health. ...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

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I had a similar condition as leukemia but I am in remision, can I get pregnant still?

I had a similar condition as leukemia but I am in remision, can I get pregnant still?

It depends: Not sure what you mean by a similar condition. Whether you can get pregnant still is based on what treatments you had, your age and your menstrual status. This is something that you need to discuss with a gynecologist. ...Read more

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How long after being in remission with leukemia are you be considered cancer free?

How long after being in remission with leukemia are you be considered cancer free?

Difficult question: Part of this depends on the type of leukemia: acute or chronic. The standard thought is 5 years for acute leukemia. However, the risk of relapse is significantly high in the first 2 years, so every year after this reduces the risk of recurrence significantly if you are followed closely by your oncologist. ...Read more

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What happens if a patient has been in remission for leukemia and there is a possible reoccurence. How do we assign icd 9?

What happens if a patient has been in remission for leukemia and there is a possible reoccurence. How do we assign icd 9?

Unusual question: Newly diagnosed leukemia has ICD-9 code ending in. 00 (acute lymphoblastic leukemia is 204.00 for example). Acute lymphoblastic leukemia in remission is 204.01. Acute lymphoblastic leukemia in relapse is 204.02. ...Read more

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What are the percentages of adult chronic leukemia going into remission?

What are the percentages of adult chronic leukemia going into remission?

Depends on type.: The most common chronic leukemia is chronic lymphocytic leukemia (cll). With initial treatment with the most aggressive treatments, such as fcr have a response rate of 95% and complete remission rate of 70%. Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) has a 95% rate of complete cytogenetic response for chronic phase patients receiving initial therapy with the latest drugs. ...Read more

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How do you know if you are in remission for leukemia or not?

Bone marrow: Your doctor will perform a bone marrow biopsy to tell if the treatment has been successful. ...Read more

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What are the chances of coming out of remission of leukemia?

It depends: It all depends upon the type of leukemia. Leukemia is not one disease and response rates vary according to the type of leukemia. ...Read more

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What percentage of people with adult chronic leukemia in remission?

What percentage of people with adult chronic leukemia in remission?

More info needed: There are several types of chronic leukemia. Can you be more specific in what you would like to know? ...Read more

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My best friend is in remission from stage 4 leukemia. Is there a large chance that it will return?

Need more info: We need to know: what type of Leukemia does he have? In young adults it could be AML or ALL. They have differing prognosis (ALL is more curable). When did he achieve Complete remission (CR)? The risk of relapse is higher in the first 2 years after CR and then it decreases with each year. So this time table is important. How old is your friend and where was he/she treated? Which Medical facility? ...Read more

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

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

Years: This is a rare entity with a good prognosis. It responds to treatment, but is not completely eliminated. ...Read more

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What does high blast cells mean that show up in a regular cbc? I have leukemia n can't go into remission, so I feel like my doctor has given up on me.

What does high blast cells mean that show up in a regular cbc? I have leukemia n can't go into remission, so I feel like my doctor has given up on me.

Consult: I'm sorry about your illness. Some types of leukemia are often curable; others are not. The fact that you have written tells me that this is time for a review by a second specialist in leukemia -- not because I suspect error, but because communication may have broken down. You have an absolute right both to clear answers (outlook, options) and to feel cared-for regardless of your illness's course. ...Read more

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What are reasons that a 19 yr old all leukemia patient who achieved remission through chemo be unable to have it again when he relapses a year later?

What are reasons that a 19 yr old all leukemia patient who achieved remission through chemo be unable to have it again when he relapses a year later?

Chemo should work.: Certainly this is a bad situation, and I am sorry for you. But this is fairly common. There are well established protocols for the treatment of early relapses of all. I would get several opinions, if you have been told that treatment options are limited. ...Read more

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If I have had hairy cell leukemia, is it safe to have an epidural injection for back pain? I am 63 and have been in remission for 7 yrs.

If I have had hairy cell leukemia, is it safe to have an epidural injection for back pain? I am 63 and have been in remission for 7 yrs.

Yes: I am unaware of any contraindications to performing an epidural steroid injection in patients with cancer (unless of course the tumor is in the direct route of the needle). ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with itp in 2014 and had a splenectomy shortly after. I am now in remission and planning to get tattooed. Please advise if safe?

I was diagnosed with itp in 2014 and had a splenectomy shortly after. I am now in remission and planning to get tattooed. Please advise if safe?

ITP and tattoo: I would avoid it!
The letter “I” in ITP stands for IDOPATHIC = “we have no clue”
No one knows the true cause of ITP by definition of the name of the condition.
I would not attempt anything that is superfluous and can potentially affect your immune system. As a surgeon,
I have seen tattoo ink accumulating in lymph nodes.
That being said I might be totally wrong. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with itp in 2014. Had splenectomy and now in remission. Want to get tattooed please help with advice. It's something I am passionate about.

Bad idea: Tattooing is a form of self-mutilation and you should not do it, Find some thing else to be passionate about.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex.
Get HPV vaccine, ...Read more

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I have kidney cancer, and I was wondering is it safe for me to get a tattoo.? I'm in remission for 2 years now and was always dying to get a tattoo

Tattoo: I would not advise a tattoo for legal reasons because it can become infected. However, if you survived Renal CA, you most likely can survive a simple tattoo. If you are really concerned, try a little one first to be sure you are not allergic to the ink and then go for it. Be sure the needles are sterilized. ...Read more

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Is it safe to get a tattoo with moderate systemic lupus (not in remission)?

Is it safe to get a tattoo with moderate systemic lupus (not in remission)?

No: Since getting a tattoo is purely an option and not an urgent need, I would wait. Though a small tattoo may not cause a problem, getting a tattoo is a stress on the body and it creates inflammation. Lupus is an inflammatory disease that worsens with stress so why test it if the lupus is currently active. ...Read more

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If I am now allergic to body piercings will I be allergic to tattoos?

If I am now allergic to body piercings will I be allergic to tattoos?

Not necessarily: Most allergic reactions to piercings tend to be from the metal such as nickel or less commonly cobalt or gold. Adverse or allergic reactions to tattoos tend to be related to the inks that contain aluminum, iron or mercury. ...Read more

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If I am immunosuppressed, should I not get a tattoo or piercing?

If I am immunosuppressed, should I not get a tattoo or piercing?

No: If you are immunosuppressed then you realize that you are more succeptible to getting an infection and not having the ability for your body to fight it adequately. Placing foreign material or objects in your body sure isn't going to help. ...Read more

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I have Tetralogy of Fallot, and I recently got the "okay" to get tattoos and piercings from my Cardiologist. I would like another opinion. Canyouhelp?

Infection risk: Tattoos drive ink under the skin and any bacteria on the skin surface can also be driven into small blood vessels and capillaries in that location. This can increase the risk of those bacteria being carried to the heart valves and causing a serious infection known as bacterial endocarditis which is life threatening. Most people cannot live without a functioning heart, so think about the risk. ...Read more

Tattoos (Definition)

Tattoos on your breasts, or elsewhere, will not have any effect on your pregnancy or on breastfeeding your new baby. It may not be a good idea to get a new tattoo during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, because of the small risk of infection from the small breaks in the skin that ...Read more


Remission (Definition)

This is related to act of remitting. A condition or period n which something is remitted. It is not a cure. Complete remission means that there is no sign or symptoms of the condition like cancer or another condition partial remission means some ...Read more