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Is leukemia ever contagious?

Is leukemia ever contagious?

No: In humans we have not demonstrated contagiousness in the usual sense of the term. In other animal species we are aware of several types of leukemia that are transmitted by specific leukemia viruses- usually species specific. ...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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Is human t cell leukemia/lymphotropic virus (htlv-1) contagious?

Is human t cell leukemia/lymphotropic virus (htlv-1) contagious?

Yes: Both htlv-1 and htlv-2 are spread by sexual transmission, from mother to child, and by exposure to infective blood through transfusions and injection drug use. In this respect the virus is contagious. It does not appear it is transmitted in any other way. ...Read more

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Help docs, is human t cell leukemia/lymphotropic virus type 1 (htlv-1) contagious?

Help docs, is human t cell leukemia/lymphotropic virus type 1 (htlv-1) contagious?

Yes: The virus is present in blood and can be transmitted like HIV is transmitted. See this site for more info. http://www.htlv1.eu/htlv_one.html ...Read more

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Where can I find statistics about childhood leukemia for the u.S?

Where can I find statistics about childhood leukemia for the u.S?

Seer database or ACS: The seer database is available online and publishes all this data. The leukemia and lymphoma society and american cancer society. ...Read more

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Who gets leukemia?

Who gets leukemia?

Anyone...: can get leukemia. Rarely some individuals might inherit a familial disposition, and a few occupational exposures may increase risk (radiation or benzene exposure). More often it occurs from a series of random mutations that happens by bad luck in a single bone marrow stem cell. These mutations causes it to increase in number dramatically, pushing out healthy cells, but leaves them under developed. ...Read more

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Are there stages of leukemia?

Are there stages of leukemia?

See below...: Yes, a staging system is used for many types of cancer including leukemia; however, the factors involved are numerous and staging also depends heavily on the specific type of leukemia. Therefore, the staging for each particular case should be performed under the guidance of a hematologist/oncologist. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of leukemia?

What are symptoms of leukemia?

Symptoms. : When someone had leukemia, it causes specific symptoms. These include easy bruising or bleeding, fatigue, fevers. The leukemia affects the blood counts, typically making blood counts very low. Leukemia may also cause swelling of the lymph nodes, liver and spleen. ...Read more

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How is leukemia found/diagnosed?

How is leukemia found/diagnosed?

Multiple: Leukemia can present with multiple signs and symptoms including but not limited to: bone pain, refusal to bear weight, gum bleeding, bleeding from other sites, pallor, lack of appetite, fever, night sweats, unexplained weight loss, easy bruising, fatigue, etc. If a concern for leukemia exists the diagnosis is confirmed with blood and bone marrow tests. ...Read more

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What puts me at risk for leukemia?

Many things: These can increase your risk, but do not mean you will get leukemia: 1. Family history of leukemia 2. Exposure to certain chemicals, eg benzene (found in degreasers) 3. Exposure to high or chronic radiation eg nuclear reactors 4. Previous chemotherapy or radiation therapy 5. Myelodysplastic syndrome 6. Downs syndrome and other genetic diseases 7. Smoking! ...Read more

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Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more