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Is there an age group that leukemia affects the most?

Is there an age group that leukemia affects the most?

Not really: We see different types such as acute lymphocytic leukemia in chidren and chronic myelogenous leukemia in those over 40 but we do see these diseases across the age spectrum. Certainly the very youg and the very old have a higher incidence rate. ...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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What age group does leukemia affect the most?

What age group does leukemia affect the most?

Increases with age: in general, the incidence of leukemia increase with age. With AML (acute myeloid leukemia), for example, the peak incidence is in 80-year olds. Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) increases with age, but also is increased in young children. Fortunately, they have a higher cure rate than do older adults. ...Read more

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Could you give me the median survival for the elderly , over 65 , with acute lymphoblastic leukemia ?Also, what was it 30 yrs.Ago? I lost a loved one in 1982, wondering if life expectancy improving in this age group?I'm not sure what the life expectancy w

Could you give me the median survival for the elderly , over 65 , with acute lymphoblastic leukemia ?Also, what was it 30 yrs.Ago? I lost a loved one in 1982, wondering if life expectancy improving in this age group?I'm not sure what the life expectancy w

Not too good...: Age older than 60 years is one of the adverse prognostic indicators for adult acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The presence of the philadelphia chromosome, mll gene rearrangement, WBC over 100, 000/microliter, and failure to achieve remission after 4 weeks of therapy are other poor prognostic factors. Overall, only 20-40% of adults are cured and these are usually the ones without adverse factors. ...Read more

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Can people, say, age 13, die of leukemia.?

Yes: There are various types of leukemia. Some are more treatable than others. Check out http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/leukemia/ds00351 and http://www.Lls.Org/#/diseaseinformation/leukemia/ for more info. Talk to oncologist for more info. ...Read more

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What are the chances of having leukemia at age 95?

What are the chances of having leukemia at age 95?

Rare: Leukemia is generally rare, though some types are more common than others. Chronic lymphocytic leukemia is the most common in this age group. ...Read more

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Wanted to know where can I find leukemia support groups?

LLS: The leukemia and lymphoma society has information about support groups. Check their website at: http://www.Lls.Org/#/diseaseinformation/getinformationsupport/. ...Read more

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What is the oldest age that you can get childhood leukemia?

Pretty old for kids: The most common leukemias that occur in kids also occur in adults. It is possible to have leukemia as an young adult and be treated according to pediatric protocols, which generally are more intensive. The protocols for childhood leukemia allow for treatment of "kids" up to 30 years of age. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you do happen to have leukemia since it was passed down, at what age does it show?

I'm just wondering, if you do happen to have leukemia since it was passed down, at what age does it show?

Truly gentically: Associated (passed down) is rare. For example down's syndrome patients are at increased risk of aml. Rare pediatric genetic syndromes are associated with leukemia risk. Can you be more specific regarding your question. ...Read more

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Why does the risk of acute leukemia increase with age?

Mutations accumulate: ... during our lifetime in bone marrow stem cells. Like all cancers, leukemia typically requires multiple unlucky mutations to occur in a single cell. With age the chance of a stem cell getting the right combination of mutations goes up exponentially. When we begin life, as a single cell embryo, we start off with a clean slate, free of somatic mutations. ...Read more

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My brother the age of 6 died of leukemia before I was born and my grandfather also died of leukemia at a older age of 65.What are my chances?

Genetic testing: Is available along with genetic counseling. Risk assesment depends if you carry particular genes or gene mutations. Please talk to your doctor ...Read more