leukemia

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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 but in lymphoid tissues.
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Dr. Dragos Luca answered:

What is leukemia?

Blood cancer

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Generally speaking, leukemia is a form of cancer, more specifically a cancer that usually originates in the bone marrow and then spreads into the blood. There are many different types and subtypes with their own particularities.
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Who gets leukemia?

Anyone but rarely

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Leukemia, although frightening, is a rare disease. Outside of children, many adults do die from the acute disease although this is not the case with the chronic leukemias. Although there are a few things that may increase the chance of getting leukemia (high doses of radiation, previous treatment of cancer, Down's syndrome, some chemicals), no cause can be found in most cases.
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Is leukemia fatal?

It can be

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There are different kinds of leukemia.The more aggressive acute leukemias are the most serious in that they grow quickly and can lead to death if not treated promptly. On the other hand, these have a chance of being cured depending on the type of leukemia, the age and performance status of the patient, etc. On the other hand chronic leukemias as a rule do not progress quickly but are rarely cured.
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Dr. Michael Engel answered:

Is leukemia curable?

Yes. Survival among

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Leukemia patients is influenced by many things, including phenotype, molecular features, presenting white count, patient age, etc. We are making strides every day, with survival improvements across the board. But a leukemia diagnosis does not mean you should give up hope for a long and meaningful survival. For some patients/leukemias survival is near 95%. Be hopeful as you move forward.
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Dr. Sewa Legha answered:

Is leukemia terminal?

No necessarily

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Long time ago that was true. But the modern treatments for Leukemias are quite effective and are often curative. But the treatment is best done at a Cancer center where you can find experienced Leukemia specialists especially if it is an Acute Leukemia(as opposed to chronic leukemias which are less serious and easier to treat)
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Dr. Edward W. Gold answered:

What is CLL leukemia?

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Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is one of the chronic lymphoproliferative disorders (lymphoid neoplasms). It is characterized by a progressive accumulation of functionally incompetent lymphocytes, which are monoclonal in origin. It's course can be indolent, lasting for decades or rapidly progressive.
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Dr. Liawaty Ho answered:

What causes leukemia?

Leukemia cause

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We don't know for sure. Leukemia develops as the consequence of a series of genetic changes in blood cell offsprings. These changes alter normal growth and differentiation of the cells, resulting in an accumulation of abnormal, immature blood cells in the bone marrow and peripheral blood. Exposure to chemicals, radiation, tobacco, or chemotherapy, infection, ETC have been associated with leukemia.
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How is leukemia cured?

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It depends on the type of leukemia. Some leukemias can be cured with chemotherapy.. Some types of leukemia can only be cured with a stem cell transplant.
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What is acute leukemia?

It is a disease

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Acute leukemia is a blood disorder where White cells are not formed normally. it has excellent treatment available now.
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Dr. Liawaty Ho answered:

Leukemia taste changes?

Taste changes

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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.
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