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Has anyone had polycythemia and chronic lymphocytic leukemia at the same time? Is that unusual?

Has anyone had polycythemia and chronic lymphocytic leukemia at the same time?  Is that unusual?

Sure, It happens: Polycythemia is just a general terminology for elevation of hemoglobin that is above the normal range.A lot of factors that can cause polycythemia- eg- chronic obstructive lung disease, sleep apnea, polycystic kidney, etc-vs primary causes such as polycythemia vera, familial type. It's not unusual to see that one has copd, sleep apnea & also has cll..Need to find cause of polycythemia. D/w your md. ...Read more

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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What chemo is preferred in patients with aml and myelodysplasia related changes ? Flag or flag-ida?

What chemo is preferred in patients with aml and myelodysplasia related changes ? Flag or flag-ida?

It depends....: The flag ida program is more intensive so one has to balance the disease risks and patient fitness to come to the best plan. ...Read more

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What is there to expect in the last stage of leukemia, chronic myeloid leukemia?

What is there to expect in the last stage of leukemia, chronic myeloid leukemia?

The last: Stage of CML is known as "blast crisis." it behaves like a treatment refractory acute myeloid leukemia. The typical survival is weeks to a few months. ...Read more

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Can someone have leukemia and lupus? Most of the symptoms of leukemia are the same as lupus. Bone marrow biopsy confirmed leukemia. Just wondering.

Can someone have leukemia and lupus? Most of the symptoms of leukemia are the same as lupus. Bone marrow biopsy confirmed leukemia. Just wondering.

One can have both.: Lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus) is an autoimmune disorder that can affect any tissue or organ on the body and can cause low blood counts such as what can happen in acute leukemia which is considered a malignancy. Both conditions can occur in one and the same person although uncommon! ...Read more

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What is the survival rate for young adults that have lymphoma or leukemia?

What is the survival rate for young adults that have lymphoma or leukemia?

Blood malignancy: Depending on condition at diagnosis, and with proper evaluation, staging, and treatment - excellent chances for complete remission! ...Read more

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Please list childhooddiseases that cause low white red and platelets and slow activity in bone marrow, no previous illnesses and luekemia isnt present?

Please list childhooddiseases that cause low white red and platelets and slow activity in bone marrow, no previous illnesses and luekemia isnt present?

Viral illness: A viral illness can affect those cells your are describing. Children can have a viral illness and not show many signs or symptoms. If a blood work, called Complete Blood Cell Count, is done during the illness it can be a surprise when it shows a possible viral illness in an otherwise healthy child. ...Read more

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Does thrombocytopenia occur in all cases of pre-leukemia or leukemia?

Does thrombocytopenia occur in all cases of pre-leukemia or leukemia?

No: The effect on the blood counts such as the white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets can be variable. The platelets can be low (thrombocytopenia) for these disorders but in some patients it can be normal. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). 95% blast cells in BM test. Doc starting 7+3 chemo course. What are the chances? Any other treatment?

AML: If you have been accurately diagnosed with AML, further subtyping of your diagnosis must take place before treatment is started or prognosis is estimated. This is based on examination of cell morphology, immunophenotype, genetics (karyotype), and clinical features (age at diagnosis; functional status and comorbidities). Age >55 at time of diagnosis is a negative prognosticator. ...Read more

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Is it more fatal to have two morphological types of leukemia (m4&m3)?

Each case is unique: This is obviously a serious condition, and your oncologist will examine all available treatment options and assess the patient's risk factors and response to therapy. Discuss this with him or her. ...Read more

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A person has pnh, normocellular bone marrow, but has falling neutrophils and platelets. No mds or other clonal disorder. R/o what else?

A person has pnh, normocellular bone marrow, but has falling neutrophils and platelets. No mds or other clonal disorder. R/o what else?

Complicated: Likely more info needed and too complicated to answer here. With normocellular bone marrow and low peripheral blood counts, consider autoimmune mechanism (itp for platelets). Also look at pnh status. ...Read more

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What complications arise when a person with chronic myelogenous leukemia (cml) becomes pregnant?

What complications arise when a person with chronic myelogenous leukemia (cml) becomes pregnant?

Difficult situation: This has happened to many women taking Imatinib (Gleevec) for CML. Most women have had a normal baby, others aborted the baby with help from a Gynecologist. I believe it is safe to carry the baby to term but there is some risk the drugs can harm the bay but it is not proven. So if you want to keep the baby then you should take this risk, but be closely monitored by a CML expert. First 3 months are ...Read more

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What is the prognosis for a child with acute lymphoblastic leukemia?

What is the prognosis for a child with acute lymphoblastic leukemia?

Good: The treatment for allis very long but very good. There are different risk groups of all depending on many factors. The best of these have a prognosis of 95% cure rates. The common risk groups have 80-85%cure rates. ...Read more

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What does it mean if someone is given 1 week to live with aml leukemia? Are there any treatments with such a short time given?

Typically....: We are not so specific about such things unless the outcome for a person is all too clear, and even then it is difficult to be precise. People surprise us routinely, so much so that end of life can be quite humbling for us as physicians. Open dialog with your provider is key. Goals are often directed toward comfort care and meeting the needs of the family as a whole. Condolences. ...Read more

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Is mds a cancer or preleukemia? What s the average life for low / intemdiate mds patient if health is perfect. No alcohol. Age 70. Just low RBC and hb

Is mds a cancer or preleukemia? What s the average life for low / intemdiate mds patient if health is perfect. No alcohol. Age 70. Just low RBC and hb

See below...: Myelodysplastic syndrome (mds) is a form of bone marrow cancer that is generally less aggressive than leukemia but still malignant. Mds usually evolves more slowly then leukemia and sometimes can transform into acute leukemia and become more aggressive and faster evolving. The prognosis is highly dependent on type and many other factors but patients with low grade mds may survive many years. ...Read more

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Is it typical to see 1% blasts and 2% myelocytes in white cell differential in high risk MDS? Are they the same thing?

More info needed.: Unless the blasts have been present before, this would be a concerning finding. You should discuss this with your doctor and understand what is going on and what the trend in your counts has been.. Myelocytes are a less mature form of white cell and can be seen under a variety of conditions. ...Read more

Dr. Aasim Sehbai
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Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (Definition)

This is a type of leukemia. It is a cancer of a certain blood dell, originating in the bone marrow. It causes low blood counts. Diagnosis is often by evaluation of bone marrow aspirate. Treatments depend on subtypes and range from standard chemotherapy ...Read more


Dr. Michael Engel
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Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (Definition)

Also known as acute lymphocytic leukemia, it is a cancer of the white blood cells. It occurs when there is an overproduction of immature white blood cells called lymphoblasts ...Read more