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Evaluation: Leukemia is suspected based on a person's medical complaint and history, physical examination, and blood count results. It is diagnosed by blood testing and bone marrow examination. There are many types of leukemia. An abnormal blood count does not mean you have leukemia. The differential diagnosis depends on the type of blood count abnormality. ...Read more
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
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
Several...: The initial testing includes blood analysis with cbc, differential, and morphology, followed by a bone marrow study (if there is suspicion for leukemia) that entails extensive testing in the form of morphologic evaluation, flow cytometry, cytogenetics, molecular studies, etc. ...Read more
Is it possible to have baby now with his sperm? This patient had diagnose leukemia on sept2012 and finished chemo on march2013
Usually leukemia: A CBC with differential can detect features worrisome for a leukemia (high or low white count, anemia, or thrombocytopenia). The automated machine can detect abnormal cells which flags for a technologist and/or pathologist to manually identify and count under the microscope. Then a flow cytometry test may be done to determine the lineage of the cells for the actual type of leukemia. ...Read more
High deductible. Limited coverage of outpatient care. Would really help to know what tests, evaluations are required to diagnose chronic myelogenous leukemia and follow it after treatment.?
Nccn. Org: Awful predicament. CML is one of the success stories with the new therapies, but proper follow up is important to assure optimal long term survival on the new oral agents. There are good patient assistance programs to assist with your medications. Review the web address above and CML page with your doc to plan the needed tests. ...Read more
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 more
Which leukemia?: There are chronic and acute leukemia. Some symptoms related to acute leukemia may include fatigue, shortness of breath, fevers, chils, night sweats, weight loss, bleeding, bony pain etc. In chronic leukemia, however, many times-patients are asymptomatic when diagnosed. The evaluation is started due to abnormal blood counts. Sometimes abdominal pain, fatigue, or easy bruising can happen. ...Read more
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
Yes: This is a malignancy arising from the white cell forming elements of the bone marrow. It crowds out the red cells and platlets leading to anemia, bleeding tendency and since the white cells produced are ineffective, infection is common. This is lethal unless treated and modern treatment can be very effective. Your friend probably is in the right track if the diagnosis has been made. ...Read more
Alot of new: Information with a steep learning curve. Talk to the treatment team to get the details of the leukemia type and the associated risk factors. I would suggest you look at the resources on the lls. Org website when you know what you are looking for. Up to date and very thorough info. ...Read more
The ancient Greeks: Knew about leukemia, which literally means "white blood". Traditional medicine had numerous ineffective treatments, but modern medicine has two treatments which stem from traditional medicine. This includes the use of Arsenic which was known in ancient India and Greece but is dangerous and only works in certain cases. ...Read more
Might it be possible that a a person who has just been diagnosed with leukemia go home the day of their diagnosis?
Yes: It all depends on the individuals symptoms, complications, diagnosis and what typeof treatment they are going to receive. Most patients in fact stay at home and get the treatment as out patient. ...Read more
They start treatment: Everyone moves quickly to start treatment since the chance of remission is high in young people. ...Read more
Depends: This diagnosis has a variable outcome based on type and factors identified at the time of diagnosis. Forty years ago few survived, now more than 70% do. ...Read more
WBC abnormality: In leukemia, patients typically have avery high WBC (white blood cell count), which is one of the results that comes in a CBC (complete blood count). Sometimes though, WBC counts only mildly elevated. Several other parameters included in the CBC, like hemoglobin, and platelet count can also be abnormal. The clinical history and symptoms as well as additional testing will lead to the diagnosis. ...Read more
I have a friend who was diagnosed with leukemia. After treatment, can it go away and be healed completely?
Can anxiety be a small sign of on coming diseases before my daughter was diagnosed with leukemia for months her anxiety level changed?
Is it possible to slowly gain weight with cancer? My friend was just diagnosed with leukemia and has gained weight over the last few months, not lost
Possible: It is possible, especially getting treatments that include steroifs. ...Read more