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For acute myelogeous leukemia in a 24-year-old?

For acute myelogeous leukemia in a 24-year-old?

Rephrase question?: Can you rephrase your question? Are you asking about treatment for aml? Treatment would depend on the type and biology/cytogenetic profiles of the aml. Generally speaking- in majority cases would need to get a combination of chemo as an induction then plus minus stem cell transplantation. A derivative of vitamin a- sometimes is given to certain case of aml. Discuss in detail with your oncologist. ...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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Is it possible for a 14 year old to get leukemia?

Is it possible for a 14 year old to get leukemia?

Yes: If you are worried about this diagnosis, the question is why? You should get the question answered by your doctor who will do blood tests and explain the results to you. Don't jump to conclusion by reading something online and get scared. Confirm or relieve yourself of the fear by going to an expert doctor. ...Read more

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Four month old with leukemia. What should I tell my neighbots?

Four month old with leukemia. What should I tell my neighbots?

You need a message: I think for most parents in this situation, explaining the entire situation to everyone is too much--emotionally wrenching, time consuming--and you have to deal with everyone else's reactions. Decide on a simple message to tell people you know who aren't in the inner circle, like: "he/she has leukemia and is doing well with treatment. Thanks for asking". ...Read more

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

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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My 12 year old's ANC has varied from 1341 down to 918, up to 2378 down to 805 over 6mths. If it were caused by leukemia would it go up and down?

My 12 year old's ANC has varied from 1341 down to 918, up to 2378 down to 805 over 6mths. If it were caused by leukemia would it go up and down?

No.: Leukemia will cause a low neutrophil count. And over the course of 6 months, leukemia will be very obvious. It would not only cause a low neutrophil count at that point. It would also cause low platelets (which causes bruising and bleeding) and low hemoglobin (which causes fatigue). ...Read more

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What are the common types of leukemia for a 25 year old?

Several...: It's difficult to say in just a few words but, generally speaking, at young ages, leukemias are more likely to be of the acute rather than chronic type. In terms of cell of origin, they can be lymphoid or myeloid, so most of the time at this age it will be acute lymphoid (lymphoblastic, all) or acute myeloid leukemia (aml). Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) is also possible but not as common. ...Read more

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How long might an 85 year old male survive leukemia without chemo?

How long might an 85 year old male survive leukemia without chemo?

Short: In general acute leukemias without treatment have poor prognosis. There are few leukemias that get cured with treatment. So I guess an hematologist oncologist will answer this question in more detail if they know what type of leukemia is affecting the patient. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is galloping leukemia in children 12 years old?

Can you tell me what is galloping leukemia in children 12 years old?

AML: Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) usually affects adults, but can occur in children. AML occurs when abnormal cells develop in the bone marrow. ...Read more

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I am with a guy who had leukemia as a child and has beat it this far (now 20 years old). Can it come back?

I am with a guy who had leukemia as a child and has beat it this far (now 20 years old). Can it come back?

Probably not, but: Leukemia can recur many years after it first appears, but that is unusual. 5 years is a long remission, and it is unlikely to recur after that. However, other cancers and blood disorders may occur due to treatment of the leukemia. ...Read more

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3yr olds hemoglobin level is 10.9, is this concerning? She doesn't eat well, never has, very picky. Should I be concerned about leukemia?

3yr olds hemoglobin level is 10.9, is this concerning? She doesn't eat well, never has, very picky. Should I be concerned about leukemia?

Anemia: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, your daughter is anemic and you should consult your doctor about the type of anemia. She may need dietary supplements, like iron and vitamins. Leukemia is not likely, but you should get her to see a doctor. ...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?

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

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What are the chances of surviving acute leukemia (67 years old)?

It depnds on Type of: It depends on the type of leukemia (Acute leukemia is very bad). Chronic leukemia is much more treatable. ...Read more

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What is the survival rate for a 75 year old patient with leukemia?

ASK ONCOLOGIST: ASK THE CANCER DOCTOR (ONCOLOGIST). THE CANCER TYPE, STAGE, CURRENT FUNCTIONAL STATUS OF A SENIOR CITIZEN, OTHER MEDICAL PROBLEMS WILL HAVE TO BE CONSIDERED BEFORE DISCUSSING THIS QUESTION. ...Read more

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What should I do about acute leukemia in my 102 year old grandmother?

Be supportive: Treatment of acute leukemia in a 102 year old is not a good idea. It will lead to more harm than benefit. I would consider hospice and supportive care alone. ...Read more

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How typical is it for a 24 years old male to have chronic lymphocytic leukemia?

Yes, very rare: Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (cll) is a cancer of the elderly folks but it can occur in middle aged folks too. It is very rare before the age of 30. ...Read more

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Would a WBC of 15000+ be enough for legitimate concern for leukemia? 33 years old female

Would a WBC of 15000+ be enough for legitimate concern for leukemia? 33 years old female

Elevated wbc's: Elevated white count by itself is not an indicator for leukemia. Your fever, night sweats and weight loss speak more for an infectious process like tuberculosis. ...Read more

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Is it common for a 28 years old male to have chronic lymphocytic leukemia? What is the usual age?

Is it common for a 28 years old male to have chronic lymphocytic leukemia? What is the usual age?

Happens, not common: Cll is considered to be mainly a disease of the elderly, with a median age at diagnosis of 70 years, however, it is not unusual to make this diagnosis in younger individuals from 30 to 39 years of age. The incidence increases rapidly with increasing age. ...Read more

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If 19 year old male with all leukemia that relapsed in about a year refuses chemo what are his options?

If 19 year old male with all leukemia that relapsed in about a year refuses chemo what are his options?

It depends: It depends on the type of cancer, characteristics of the cancer, how quickly the cancer is progressing, and other factors. This should be discussed with the treating physician. ...Read more

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Great uncle had acute leukemia and now his daughter has it at 50 years old. Is this likely hereditary or can it be spontaneous?

Probably not: Did your great uncle had leukemia at an advanced age? Is it cll? Cll is a very common type of leukemia in old people, and no hereditary trend. On the other hand his daughter at 50 probably developed aml. If my guesses are correct, I don't see any hint of heredity. However, if the great uncle had aml, or all, and if other members of the family had cancer (breast, brain, colon etc.) then it could be. ...Read more

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What could cause my sons white blood count to go to 65, 000? When my son was 7 years old, his white blood count was 65, 000. I heard normal was between 4, 800 and 10, 500. He was checked for leukemia and they said it did not look like it was leukemia.

What could cause my sons white blood count to go to 65, 000? When my son was 7 years old, his white blood count was 65, 000. I heard normal was between 4, 800 and 10, 500. He was checked for leukemia and they said it did not look like it was leukemia.

A: A white blood cell count can be elevated in infection, dehydration, trauma and in neoplastic processes. Several tests to evaluate the blood, look at the cells and the antigens on the cells all help in the evaluation. The highest cell counts are often in the setting of neoplasia. ...Read more

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Normal life span for 48 year old woman with hairy cell leukemia treated with cladrabine 2008?

May be a long time: Prior to cladribine, this leukemia had a low survival. Now patients can have a long disease free interval. Seer 5 year survival is 92%. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What to do if I know a 20 yr old in philippines who has leukemia (cml) & can't afford medical care?

What to do if I know a 20 yr old in philippines who has leukemia (cml) & can't afford medical care?

All assistance: Mechanisms should be pursued as therapy is life saving. Without treatment survival in CML averages 6-10 years. ...Read more

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I have a Monocytes count of 9.2 and a Lymphocytes count of 23.9. I am 25 years old. Is this a sign of Leukemia?

No: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, the data you provided is not a sign of leukemia.
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How aggressive is pre leukemia? My father was diagnosed and is 70 yrs old. He is supposed to begin cemo this week.

No such thing: There is no such condition called pre leukemia. Need to ensure diagnosis is well established prior to beginning any treatment. ...Read more

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What are the chances of having another child with leukemia my 8 yr old had it and my grandmothers sister had it and both died?

What are the chances of having another child with leukemia my 8 yr old had it and my grandmothers sister had it and both died?

Sorry to hear.: I don't know. This is difficult. Childhood leukemia is not typically genetically based, but it can be. Did you grandmother's sister have childhood leukemia? If so, more detail could be given by a genetic counsellor. The genetic syndromes that increase the chances of childhood leukemia are so very rare. Good luck to you! ...Read more

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3yr old was diagnosed with mild anemia, what could cause this? Could it be leukemia? :/ very worried, she has never been a big eater (23.5pounds)

Anemia: Mutilpe causes of anemia, but there should be other blood count issues, with the white blood count and platelet count as well if we were worried about leukemia. Diet can play a huge role in anemia, and drinking lots of milk can cause it. ...Read more

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Cancer in 20s. How common? Symptoms to look out for? I always have health anxiety about this & I know a 25yr old w/ leukemia. :/ any stats? Thanks!

Cancer in 20s. How common? Symptoms to look out for? I always have health anxiety about this & I know a 25yr old w/ leukemia. :/ any stats? Thanks!

Uncommon for most: ..Cancers except maybe in patients with inherited traits. Some cancers are more common in younger folks, though. My advise: 1. Have a good talk with your doc about this, particularly regarding your family history. 2. Live a healthy life. Eat well, exercise, and avoid indulging in toxic habits. 3. Live your life without fear, stuff can happen to any of us, and being anxious will not prevent it. ...Read more