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Leukemia Need Hospital Stay
Can you tell me how long can leukemia go unnoticed (before you end up in a hospital for symptoms)?
Varies: The interval from the disease occurrence to noticeable symptoms can vary widely function of the type of leukemia. For example, in cases of acute leukemia, this interval can be very short (days or weeks), whereas in cases of chronic leukemia this interval may be as long as many years. If a concern for leukemia exists, consultation with the primary care physician or a hematologist is recommended. ...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
My cousin has leukemia, but he is he is illegal immigrant in the united states. Is there an organization that can help reduce the hospital bills?
Consider: Community fund raising. Alternatively, seek out information from the american cancer society or the community cancer support groups located in cancer centers. Lastly, if he has insurance in his home country and is stable to travel the best idea is to return home for treatment as this is the least expensive method for receiving treatment, again assuming he has insurance in his homeland. ...Read more
1. The best hospital for leukemia treament is __________? 2. The best doctor for the treament of leukemia is? Where can this doctor be found?
Seattle: The seattle cancer care alliance, (formerly fred hutchinson cancer center), developed all the basic techniques for marrow transplantation for leukemia and for unrelated transplant donation has statistics better than any other program in the country. With a good match and related donor, seattle, houston, new york are all good options. ...Read more
Can a leukemia patient go home after a day of treatment in the course? Does the patient go home after evey day in the course or do they have to stay in the hospital?
Can be either or opt: If the patient is well (no fever and no serious side effects from chemo) then there is no particular reason to be in the hospital. But in the olden days, patients were admitted and remained in the hospital for 3-4 weeks during the first treatment. But increasingly chemotherapyy can be safely administered as outpatient, so more and more patients and doctors prefer to do treatments as outpatient ...Read more
Not today: If she is in the late stages, the painkillers may suppress her breathing some and make pneumonia more likely, but this is well worth the risk. Morphine is not given today with the intent or expectation of ending life. In fact, it is often one of the keys to humane care of very sick people, whether or not recovery is expected. ...Read more
What do you suggest if my friend has leukaemia and the hospital has put her on morphine will it kill her. She has been in hospital fo?
Morphine for pain:
Morphine is used frequently in the hospital for many different kinds of pain - including cancer, broken bones, and pain after surgery.
Many people mistakenly think that morphine kills people because it is sometimes used to relieve pain at the end of life. In these cases, the person is dying and the morphine is carefully prescribed to relieve the pain, not to end life. ...Read more
My son is in final maintainace of ALL (leukemia).for few days he getting low grade fever. He got antibiotics from hospital stay but still 99°fever comes?
Anyone...: Can get leukemia. Rarely some individuals might inherit a familial disposition, and a few occupational exposures may increase risk (radiation or benzene exposure). More often it occurs from a series of random mutations that happens by bad luck in a single bone marrow stem cell. These mutations causes it to increase in number dramatically, pushing out healthy cells, but leaves them under developed. ...Read more
No such condition!: Leukemia by definition is a name given to blood cancer. But there are at least 4 separate types of Leukemias, broadly classified as Acute Leukemias (a very serious disease requiring immediate treatment) and Chronic Leukemias (which are slowly growing Cancers and have a much better prognosis as people with Chronic leukemia can survive for many years...some of these patients are cured with medicines. ...Read more
See below...: Yes, a staging system is used for many types of cancer including leukemia; however, the factors involved are numerous and staging also depends heavily on the specific type of leukemia. Therefore, the staging for each particular case should be performed under the guidance of a hematologist/oncologist. ...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
Many things: These can increase your risk, but do not mean you will get leukemia: 1. Family history of leukemia 2. Exposure to certain chemicals, eg benzene (found in degreasers) 3. Exposure to high or chronic radiation eg nuclear reactors 4. Previous chemotherapy or radiation therapy 5. Myelodysplastic syndrome 6. Downs syndrome and other genetic diseases 7. Smoking! ...Read more
Random mutations...: Occur in our body's cells because they are not able to correct all of the millions of DNA damage events that naturally occur during our life. In the event that a bone marrow progenitor cell gets hit with an unlucky series of mutations then a leukemic cell will be made, and grow out of control. Familial susceptibility, or exposures (e.g. chemotherapy, radiation, or benzene) may increase this risk. ...Read more
There are many types: The principal forms are called "chronic" if they show increased numbers of mature blood cells, and "acute" if the number of immature "blast" cells are increased. The cell type is also important, with the major categories being myeloid or lymphoid. Thus the basic classes include CML (I.e. chronic myeloid leukemia), CLL, AML, and ALL. Molecular classification of gene mutations are also important. ...Read more
There is no specific: Dietary restrictions for a leukemic patient with a couple of specific exceptions that can arise. During therapy, you may become neutropenic, and if so you will be asked to consume a neutropenic diet. Your dr will have info about this. Also, there will likely be times when you take the chemotherapy agent methotrexate. At these times, you should avoid folate (folic acid) supplements, which antagonize that drug. ...Read more
Acute vs chronic: In many chronic leukemia- people usually are without symptoms and the only abnormality is the abnormal blood work. When more advanced- decrease blood counts can happen causing fatigue, lack of energy, bruising etc. Acute leukemia is a life threatening cancer.It may be presented with fatigue, bleeding, infections, weight loss, fevers, chill, bony pain etc. Discuss further with your oncologist. ...Read more
See your doctor: The first steps are to have a doctor evaluate your symptoms and examine you. The next thing is to perform a blood count and blood smear. That should be all that is needed to put your mind at ease. ...Read more
Bad luck.: Leukemia is typically due to what I call luck of the worst kind. There are some risk factors: radiation, exposure to benzene, immunodeficiency syndromes, congenital bone marrow disorders, previous treatment with chemotherapy, down syndrome, and certain pre-leukemia conditions, . ...Read more
Varies.: Some leukemias may cause no symptoms at all, and may be found incidently on a blood count. Others, when more advanced, may cause bruising (from low platelets), weakness (from anemia) or fever and chills or other signs of infection (from abnormal white blood cells). The more serious leukemias may cause bone pain, painfull enlargement of the spleen, or swollen lymph nodes. ...Read more
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