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Is Leukemia Like Agranulocytosis
Different: Agranulocytosis is abscence of granulocyte- or known as neutrophils/segmented white blood cell.There are different causes of agranulocytosis- like drug, congenital etc. Leukemia is a cancer of white blood cells. In leukemia, normal blood cells can be supressed by the abnormal leukemic cells- and patient can be presented with low /abscence of granulocytes, as well as anemia or decrease in platelets. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Agranulocytosis: Agranulocytosis is a condition where there is a marked decrease of granulocytes , a type of white blood cells that are supposed to fight for infection. Agranulocytosis can happen in patient with acute leukemia-but also it can be caused by some other things- i.e. - -drugs ( which is actually probably the most common cause of agranulocytosis) ; infection, other bone marrow problems. ...Read more
There are dozens of: Types of leukemia. Chronic leukemias may or may not require treatment. CML is managed with oral tyrosine kinase inhibitors. Cll is a wide spectrum from nothing to very aggressive chemotherapy. The acute leukemias all and AML are managed with multi-agent chemo, and typically on an aggressive schedule. ...Read more
If I would like to give blood but if there were a problem with it, say leukemia, would they know before I donated?
Blood donation tests: Donating blood is one of the best ways to help your community. Before it is used, it is tested thoroughly for abnormalities and some infectious diseases. These tests include doing a white blood cell count (which could identify leukemia), liver function tests, hiv, hepatitis a, hepatitis b and hepatitis c, as well as other tests. You would also be notified if an abnormality were found. Go donate! ...Read more
Difference between polycythemia n leukemia my brother was just told he may have polycythemia i'd like to know what it is and can it be treated thanks?
Polycythemia: Polycythemia means elevation of hemoglobin /red blood cells level. It can be caused by different conditions. In general is divided into 2- primary bone marrow problem ( polycythemia vera) vs secondary. Treatment will depend on what it is/what the cause. Phlebotomy/removing blood to keep hematocrit below 45 if it is p.Vera +/-other drug i.E Hydrea (hydroxyurea) etc. The risk for leukemia from p vera is 5-10%. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
More specific?: You can find a lot of info about leukemia at www.Lls.Org. Basically it is a cancer of white blood cells- can be chronic or acute. Chronic leukemia usually is asymptomatic at presentation and diagnosis is made from abnormal blood work. Acute leukemia can be presented with symptoms such as fatigue, anemia, low platelet , easy bruising/bleeding, frequent infection, weight loss, bony pain, fever, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pain under left rib for the past 2-3 days Pain feels like after you run. It comes and goes. Can this be leukemia?
Unlikely: What you described does not suggest leukemia or any other cancer. 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. ...Read more
What causes leukemia? What is the treatment like? Is it a long term and continuous treatment? Is it going to cost a lot?
Depends: There are many types of leukemia and many types of treatment for each type. Some require just observation alone, otheres require aggressive, multiagency chemotherapy. Treatment can be quite expensive. Your best bet is an academic center that has extensive experience correctly diagnosing, treating and managing leukemia. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have pink dots on my skin. can it be a side effect of medicines or something like leukemia? andhow long will last? they are tiny.
See your doctor : It could be nothing, but please see your doctor to be sure. It is very difficult to evaluate this condition over email/internet. ...Read more
Besides testing, can you tell if you have leukemia by looking at your own blood? Would it look more watery? What does leukemic blood look like?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No such condition!: Leukemia by definition is a name given to blood cancer. But there are at least 4 separate types of Leukemias, broadly classified as Acute Leukemias(a very serious disease requiring immediate treatment) and Chronic Leukemias(which are slowly growing Cancers and have a much better prognosis as people with Chronic leukemia can survive for many years...some of these patients are cured with medicines. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
The total white blood count (WBC) is made up of a percentage of neutrophils and other cell types. When the total WBC is low, or if the percentage neutrophils is very low then we call this neutropenia (insufficient neuts on and absolute basis). In the case of absence of nests ...Read more
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