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Is hairy cell leukemia hereditary?

Is hairy cell leukemia hereditary?

No: Leukemia is generally not hereditary but having a first degree relative with leukemia may slightly increase your risk. ...Read more

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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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Is leukemia hereditary my grandmothers sister died from leukemia and now my youngest daughter died from it no one else in my family has it?

Is leukemia hereditary my grandmothers sister died from leukemia and now my youngest daughter died from it no one else in my family has it?

Rarely: There are some families where there is an increased risk of leukemia or other cancers. This sounds like just random cases that happened to occur over a few generations in your family but I am sorry to hear about the loss of your daughter. ...Read more

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My dad just died of acute leukemia. He was in his late 70s. Is leukemia hereditary?

My dad just died of acute leukemia. He was in his late 70s. Is leukemia hereditary?

Usually not : Leukemia in adults is usually not hereditary. Sometimes individuals with other genetic changes such as down syndrome or a few other mutatations such as one called p53 have an increased risk, but most cases are not linked. ...Read more

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Are breast cancer and leukemia hereditary?

Are breast cancer and leukemia hereditary?

Some : Some cases of breast cancer genetic mutations brca i and ii , her 2 some breast cancer run in families. In leukemias not enough proof of genetic mutations as in breast cancer ( I do not know ) how ever leukemias run in family members, especially cll and AML , may not be genetic, could be environmental. ...Read more

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Can hlh leukemia or general leukemia be hereditary? I have symptoms and considering a biopsy of the lymph node in my groin or neck. Please let me know

Can hlh leukemia or general leukemia be hereditary? I have symptoms and considering a biopsy of the lymph node in my groin or neck. Please let me know

Rare, if at all: But do not use abbreviations...I do not know what hlh leukemia is! a simple blood test is the first step before you start thinking about a lymph node biopsy. So get a CBC and if it is normal, then you should feel that nothing like a leukemia is the cause of your symptoms! ...Read more

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If leukemia is genetic how is it not hereditary?

If leukemia is genetic how is it not hereditary?

See below. : The genetics of the leukemia are acquired by the leukemia cells. This creates genetic abnormalities in the leukemia cells, but you are not born with these genetic abnormalities. Neither the genetic abnormality of the leukemia nor the predisposition to acquire this disease is hereditary that we know of. ...Read more

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Great uncle had acute leukemia and now his daughter has it at 50 years old. Is this likely hereditary or can it be spontaneous?

Great uncle had acute leukemia and now his daughter has it at 50 years old. Is this likely hereditary or can it be spontaneous?

Probably not : Did your great uncle had leukemia at an advanced age? Is it cll? Cll is a very common type of leukemia in old people, and no hereditary trend. On the other hand his daughter at 50 probably developed aml. If my guesses are correct, i don't see any hint of heredity. However, if the great uncle had aml, or all, and if other members of the family had cancer (breast, brain, colon etc.) then it could be. ...Read more

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Is acute pro-mylocytic leukemia inherited decease? Is it a genetic disorder?

Is acute pro-mylocytic leukemia inherited decease? Is it a genetic disorder?

No: It is not inherited and not 'genetic' in the sense that you pass it on between generations. There is a specific genetic abnormality that develops that drives the disease when chromosomes 15 and 17 get tangled up. ...Read more

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