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Dr. Liawaty Ho
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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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3yr old is itchy all over but no rash what could this be? I read itchy skin could be leukemia is this true? :(

3yr old is itchy all over but no rash what could this be? I read itchy skin could be leukemia is this true? :(

Yes and no: Certain blood cell disorders may be associated with itchy but the incidence is quite low. There are many causes for a 3-yo child to get itchy and dry skin is one of them. Consider applying a moisturizer on the skin immediately after bathing to see if this helps May also try an antihistamine. If these measures fail. see your doctor. ...Read more

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Acute myeloid leukemia, bone tb, vomiting, red spots under skin, no appitite, breathing difficulty.How likely to be fatal?No responding well after chemo

Acute myeloid leukemia, bone tb, vomiting, red spots under skin, no appitite, breathing difficulty.How likely to be fatal?No responding well after chemo

AML: This severe disease was formerly 100% fatal. Chemo transformed this into a treatable and potentially curable condition, but fraught with numerous risks, often due to infection. I've seen recoveries that border on miraculous ; am reluctant to be pessimistic, but realistically this does not sound promising. If you are having trouble breathing you belong in your doctor's office or in hospital now. ...Read more

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Do you think I have leukemia? It started with a sore throat, rashes, bruising, itchy skin, muscle pain, nerve pain? It's improving. Had no fever.

Do you think I have leukemia? It started with a sore throat, rashes, bruising, itchy skin, muscle pain, nerve pain? It's improving. Had no fever.

Unlikely: These symptoms can be interpreted many ways, but if leukemia were present (which is very improbable) the symptoms would not improve, but get progressively worse. Sounds as if you have been reading texts looking for a diagnosis and are learning that there is more to medical practice than is written down. See a good clinician. Good luck and get better soon. ...Read more

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What is leukemia?

Blood cancer: Generally speaking, leukemia is a form of cancer, more specifically a cancer that usually originates in the bone marrow and then spreads into the blood. There are many different types and subtypes with their own particularities. ...Read more

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Who gets leukemia?

Who gets leukemia?

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

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What causes leukemia?

What causes leukemia?

Leukemia cause: We don't know for sure. Leukemia develops as the consequence of a series of genetic changes in blood cell offsprings. These changes alter normal growth and differentiation of the cells, resulting in an accumulation of abnormal, immature blood cells in the bone marrow and peripheral blood. Exposure to chemicals, radiation, tobacco, or chemotherapy, infection, etc have been associated with leukemia. ...Read more

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Is leukemia terminal?

No necessarily: Long time ago that was true. But the modern treatments for leukemias are quite effective and are often curative. But the treatment is best done at a cancer center where you can find experienced leukemia specialists especially if it is an acute leukemia(as opposed to chronic leukemias which are less serious and easier to treat). ...Read more

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