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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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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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Dear doctor, could you give me the median survival in early 80, s for elderly acute lymphoblastic leukemia, ?I I am having difficulty finding these statistics.Are we making any progress in the elderly with this type of leukemia?Thanks in advance.

Dear doctor, 
    could you give me the median survival in early 80, s for elderly acute lymphoblastic leukemia, ?I I am having difficulty finding these statistics.Are we making any progress in the elderly with this type of leukemia?Thanks in advance.

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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Sudden disorientation (when before they were never disoriented) along with high white cell count in elderly but otherwise healthy and very mobile man. What could it be apart from leukemia?

Sudden disorientation (when before they were never disoriented) along with high white cell count in elderly but otherwise healthy and very mobile man. What could it be apart from leukemia?

Needs eval: Disorientation and elevated white count in elderly worry me about an infection of some sort. Most like urinary tract, but respiratory, skin and other sites should be evaluated. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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About acute myeloid luekemia, can you survive if elderly?

About acute myeloid luekemia, can you survive if elderly?

Difficult: It really depends on age and type of aml. Some have better prognosis than others. It also depends on co-morbid status. Patients who evolve from mds also do very poorly. The issue is does that patient have a good prognosis or bad prognosis aml. If they are a condidate for treament can they tolerate agressive treatment or not. Most will do poorly unfortunately, especially above 80. ...Read more

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What are early symptoms of leukemia?

Not Many Symptoms: Leukemia does not always cause symptoms, especially at first. When it does cause symptoms, the most common ones include: -feeling very tired and weak -bleeding more easily than normal -getting sick from infections more easily than normal these symptoms can also be caused by conditions that are not leukemia. But if you have these symptoms, you should let your doctor or nurse know. ...Read more

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What are some of the symptoms of leukemia?

Quite Varied: Patients often present with weakness, fever, bleeding or infection. Anemia is common, this leads to feeling of tiredness and poor general feeling. A simple blood test(CBC) is all it will take to find out the diagnosis and answer your question. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of leukemia in teen?

What are  the symptoms of leukemia in teen?

Leukemia: I assume you are asking about acute leukemia. In teen, incidence of acute lymphoblastic leukemia is way more common than aml. Symptoms can include-fatigue/no energy, pallor, shortnes of breath easily, multiple episodes of infections, fevers, chils, bony pain, easy bruising, bleeding, weight loss, etc. Read more at www.Lls.Org, www.Cancer.Gov or www.Nccn.Com. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are leukemia symptoms?

Could you tell me what are leukemia symptoms?

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, multiple infections, etc. If a concern for leukemia exists, consultation with the primary care physician or a hematologist is recommended. ...Read more

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Is pancytopenia a symptom of leukemia?

Is pancytopenia a symptom of leukemia?

Yes: Pancytopenia, that is low blood counts for rbc, wbc, platelets indicates a bone marrow problem. The diagnosis requires a bone marrow biopsy. One cause of pancytopenia is leukemia. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of childhood leukemia?

What are symptoms of childhood leukemia?

Leukemia: Symptoms can include pallor, fatigue, multiple infection, bleeding ( gum bleeding, nose bleeding, bleeding on the skin etc) , fever, failure to thrive/weight loss, bony pain, shotness of breaths. ...Read more

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