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How are leukemia and lupus similar?

How are leukemia and lupus similar?

Lupus is: An autoimmune disease and leukemia is cancer of the blood forming elements. Lupus and leukemia patients can have low blood counts, and by contrast a lupus patient on steroids could have a high wbc, as could a leukemia patient. ...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 are the risks/concerns for having lupus and leukemia both?

Lupus and Cancer: Systemic lupus erythematosus (“lupus” or “sle”) and other autoimmune diseases are linked to an increased risk of certain types of cancer. Specifically, lupus patients may experience an elevated risk of lymphoma and other cancers, such as cancer of the cervix. ...Read more

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What are the risks/ concerns for having lupus and leukemia both?

Both are: Serious conditions and the treatment of one will be impacted by the other. Do you know specifics about the leukemia? Acute or chronic. Myeloid or lymphoid? ...Read more

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Am I at a higher risk for lymphoma and leukemia having been diagnosed with lupus?

Am I at a higher risk for lymphoma and leukemia having been diagnosed with lupus?

Slight, but: Slight possibility, but the key is to catch any change early - by routine clinical evaluation at 3 month or less intervals by your rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Need doctor's help! Could lupus lead to leukemia?

Maybe: There is an increased risk of cancer if you have sle. This is especially true for lymphoma. ...Read more

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My mom has Lupus &recent diagnosed with CM Leukemia & now just visited her Dr & has gained 23-28 pounds since her last visit 2 wks ago. Cause?

My mom has Lupus &recent diagnosed with CM Leukemia & now just visited her Dr & has gained 23-28 pounds since her last visit 2 wks ago. Cause?

? Heart failure: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see her doctor. It is possible that she is in heart failure and has retained water. In any case, it is imperative for her to see her doctor. ...Read more

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Will my bone marrow test show up for leukemia lupus etc, while I am on these IV treatments for my blood platelet disease?

Will my bone marrow test show up for leukemia lupus etc, while I am on these IV treatments for my blood platelet disease?

Probably: I can't tell what blood platelet disease you have so I don't know what medications you are taking so it is not possible to definitively answer your question. Bone marrow is the best way to diagnose leukemia but is not a good test for lupus. ...Read more

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Wbc 11.8 platelets 400 abs lymphs 4.2 vit D 15.8 B12 278 test monthly. Why? Mention of luekemia or lymphoma on top of my lupus but just watching. Why?

Wbc 11.8 platelets 400 abs lymphs 4.2 vit D 15.8 B12 278 test monthly. Why? Mention of luekemia or lymphoma on top of my lupus but just watching. Why?

It's not clear.: Lupus can affect your blood counts, but your WBC is fine and your platelets are high normal. Your vitamin D is low, and I see you are taking Vitamin D. For the lymphocyte count, look at the normal values on the lab report. If your lympocytes are high or low, your doctor may be following them. I'm not worried by the numbers, but I can't read your doctor's mind. Why not ask? Best to you! ...Read more

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I have fibromyalgia and two heart conditions, plus I am B12 and vitamin d and iron deficient, can this be connected with lupus?

I have fibromyalgia and two heart conditions, plus I am B12 and vitamin d and iron deficient, can this be connected with lupus?

No: People with fibromyalgia can have lupus as well, but the conditions are separate and distinct. The heart issue and vitamin deficiencies are also not related. ...Read more

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Leukemia taste changes?

Leukemia taste changes?

Taste changes: When you are not feeling well (having leukemia) etc - you can have some alteration of the sense of tase. In addition distortion of the sense of taste (dysgeusia) can be also caused by other things like drugs- eg. Antibiotics, asthma treatment, chemotherapy, zinc deficiency etc. ...Read more

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How can you get leukemia?

How can you get leukemia?

Leukemia: Exposure to radiation, chemicals like benzene, previous exposure to chemotherapy and genetic are some but not all causes of leukemia. ...Read more

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What tests show leukemia?

What tests show leukemia?

CBCj, flow cytometry: Leukemia is suspected when abnormal cells our found in the blood, or when blood counts are very low. The first test is the CBC (complete blood count). If abnormal cells are in the blood, they can be identified by flow cytometry, which analyzes compounds on the surface of blood cells. The definitive test otherwise is a bone marrow aspirate and biopsy, usually taken from the pelvic bone. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose leukemia?

Blood or bone marrow: Typically this s diagnosed by a bone marrow test. In the marrow will be the abnormal proliferation of cells of the same type. At times, these cells in the can "spill" into the blood. When this occurs, the leukemia s diagnosed on blood tests. Even when noticed in the blood, a marrow test is usually performed as well. ...Read more

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Why did my child get leukemia?

Why did my child get leukemia?

No one knows: Only in rare circumstances do we actually know the cause. Those times would be if the child was previously treated with chemotherapy or radiation therapy, if there is a known genetic problem like down's syndrome or in a few families where it may be hereditary. Exposures, foods, cellphones, high voltage transmission towers, etc have not been proven to increase the risk of getting leukemia. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have leukemia?

Hard to say: Fatigue, pallor weakness are common symptoms, but diagnosis is made by review of blood smear. Symptoms at onset are generally subtle and develop over long periods of time. ...Read more

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How likely is dying from leukemia?

Depends on type of l: There are 4 different types of leukemia, so we need to know what type of leukemia are you interested in knowing about? There is definitely a chance of dying from leukemia but there is also curative treatment available for many patients with leukemia. So you need to ask this question to your treating doctor. ...Read more

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How do I avoid developing leukemia?

Nothing: I do not know of anything that can prevent leukemia. A study at mayo clinic by dr. Shanafelt was looking at treating early stage cll with green tea extract. Further studies will likely go forward. Some risk factors, such as prior chemotherapy for other cancers can increase the risk of leukemia, but that is likely not avoidable. I am unaware of any diet or exercise intervention. ...Read more

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What are early symptoms of leukemia?

Not Many Symptoms: Leukemia does not always cause symptoms, especially at first. When it does cause symptoms, the most common ones include:
-feeling very tired and weak
-bleeding more easily than normal
-getting sick from infections more easily than normal
these symptoms can also be caused by conditions that are not leukemia. But if you have these symptoms, you should let your doctor or nurse know. ...Read more

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I would like to know about leukemia?

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 more

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Why leukemia is more common to boys?

You're right: Leukemia is about 30% more common in boys than girls. I couldn't find the reason and I doubt that it's known. If you're interested in a scholarly article, see:
http://seer.Cancer.Gov/publications/childhood/leukemia. Pdf. ...Read more

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What could fab m0 mean with leukemia?

What could fab m0 mean with leukemia?

This is a very: Specific classification based on the french american british (fab) group. M0 is undifferentiated or "stem cell" leukemia. ...Read more

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What foods are good for leukemia cure?

Probably none: Green tea has been studied in chronic lymphocytic leukemia but is by no means a cure. Only acute leukemias have a chance of cure and this is with chemotherapy. We have to stick with treatment that has been academically studied so if someone is telling you that certain foods can cure cancer, you need to walk out the door. That is in my opinion unethical. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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How can you know if you have leukemia?

Blood test usually: If you have certain symptoms, blood tests will be done which may show leukemia. These tests may not show the leukemia outright. Either way, if there is. Still concern, a bone marrow test will be done. This test will be able to determine if the symptoms are leukemia or not. ...Read more

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Can a child be truly cured of leukemia?

Can a child be truly cured of leukemia?

MAY need Transplant: Cure may also depend upon finding a suitable 'bone marrow (stem cell) donor' and getting a stem cell transplant. ...Read more