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How is leukemia diagnosed and what are the differential diagnoses'?

How is leukemia diagnosed and what are the differential diagnoses'?

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

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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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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What test do doctors do to diagnose leukemia?

What test do doctors do to diagnose leukemia?

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

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Is it possible to have baby now with his sperm? This patient had diagnose leukemia on sept2012 and finished chemo on march2013

Is it possible to have baby now with his sperm? This patient had diagnose leukemia on sept2012 and finished chemo on march2013

Possibly.: Chemotherapy does reduce sperm counts so conception might take longer, and some chemo drugs have higher chance of causing infertility, but post-chemo fatherhood is not impossible. ...Read more

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Can a complete blood count test diagnose leukemia or other cancers?

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

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Can I ask? What are the possible symptoms if you are diagnose in leukemia?

Can I ask? What are the possible symptoms if you are diagnose in leukemia?

Depends: On the type of leukemia
Acute leukemia patients present quite sick with bleeding brushing, fatigue and fever. Most of them end up in the ER
Chronic leukemia in general routine blood work.
Patients may not have any symptoms ...Read more

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Is a bone scan useful to diagnose childhood leukemia?

Is a bone scan useful to diagnose childhood leukemia?

No: Diagnose will be made by getting specific blood work and ultimately a bone marrow aspirate and biopsy. Bone scan will not be useful to diagnose leukemia. ...Read more

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How long would it take to diagnose a teenager with leukemia?

How long would it take to diagnose a teenager with leukemia?

Depends: Sometimes things are quite obvious since leukemia is rather fast growing. Other times, certain tests such as ct scans and bone marrow examination may be necessary but physicians move quickly to determine if a young patient has leukemia or not so that treatment can be started. ...Read more

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How does a hematologist/oncologist diagnose and treat leukemia?

How does a hematologist/oncologist diagnose and treat leukemia?

Labs: Full lab evaluation performed. Based on type of leukemia the Hematologist/Oncologist will determine type of treatment as there are different types of leukemia and protocols of treatment that correspond. ...Read more

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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.?

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

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How is leukemia found/diagnosed?

How is leukemia found/diagnosed?

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

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What are typical symptoms of leukemia when diagnosed?

What are typical symptoms of leukemia when diagnosed?

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

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Can Leukemia be diagnosed through a blood test?

Can Leukemia be diagnosed through a blood test?

Yes: That is the first step: a blood cell count and from there, if necessary, other related tests. ...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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What can you do when diagnosed with leukemia?

What can you do when diagnosed with leukemia?

See a specialist: There are effective treatments for leukemias but these diseases should be treated by a hematologist/oncologist who specialized in the treatment of blood cancers. The type of therapy is dependent on the type of leukemia being treated. ...Read more

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A friend was just diagnosed with leukemia, is that a serious condition?

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

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Could you tell me what happens to you after you are diagnosed with leukemia?

Could you tell me what happens to you after you are diagnosed with leukemia?

Leukemia type?: There are effective treatments for leukemias but these diseases should be treated by a hematologist/oncologist who specialized in the treatment of blood cancers. The type of therapy is dependent on the type of leukemia being treated. ...Read more

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What can I do if my son has been diagnosed with leukemia. What can I expect?

What can I do if my son has been diagnosed with leukemia. What can I expect?

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

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Who was the first person to be diagnosed with leukemia? How was it first treated?

Who was the first person to be diagnosed with leukemia? How was it first treated?

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

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Can a person who was just diagnosed with leukemia go home the day of their diagnosis?

Sometimes: Some leukemias are chronic and may not need immediate therapy. The most common one is chronic lymphocytic leukemia and most patients arenot treated immediately upon diagnosis. ...Read more

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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

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What diseases are often co-diagnosed with leukemia?

Depends: As noted, it depends on the leukemia, but some leukemias have an increased risk of infections. Some leukemias can transform into worse cancers. ...Read more

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What happens when a teenager is diagnosed with leukemia?

What happens when a teenager is diagnosed with leukemia?

They start treatment: Everyone moves quickly to start treatment since the chance of remission is high in young people. ...Read more

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If a 5-year old is diagnosed with leukemia, how long will he have left?

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

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What does your CBC have to be in order to be diagnosed with leukemia?

What does your CBC have to be in order to be diagnosed with leukemia?

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

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My ex bf just got diagnosed with leukemia cancer. Is there any chance that he could survive?

Yes: It depends on the type of leukemia. There are many different types, and some have a better prognosis and will go into remission or have disease free intervals. However, some are very aggressive and the long term survival is poor. ...Read more

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I have a friend who was diagnosed with leukemia. After treatment, can it go away and be healed completely?

Possibly: The prognosis of leukemia depends heavily on the type of leukemia, age of the patient, genetic abnormalities, and many other factors. But to directly answer your question, in certain cases it is possible to achieve long-time remission or even permanent cure. ...Read more

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Can anxiety be a small sign of on coming diseases before my daughter was diagnosed with leukemia for months her anxiety level changed?

Can anxiety be a small sign of on coming diseases before my daughter was diagnosed with leukemia for months her anxiety level changed?

Unlikely: There is no scientific information that says increasing anxiety is correlated with a future diagnosis like leukemia. However, many of my patients know something is wrong before they come to my office. ...Read more