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Leukemia Side Effects
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
Both: Can be associated with fatigue -- what symptom are you referring to? ...Read more
A 3-year-old girl was diagnosed a lack of neutrophils (no leukemia). Injected chemotherapy-relate medicine (side effects). Ask for exact cause&treatment?
You MUST ask. Yes.: If you are this child's parents / immediate caregivers, you have not just a right but a duty to demand a full explanation. If you are friends with the family, you'll need to get information from them. ...Read more
I have pink dots on my skin. Can it be a side effect of medicines or something like leukemia? Andhow long will last? They are tiny.
We can not diagnose: You using this format. These lesions would need to be examined, a history obtained & other tests may be necessary in order to diagnose them. Usually the lesions needs to be identified to determine the solution. ...Read more
I have high chance of leukemia on dads side, haven't been able to bruise till recently been waking with unexplained bruises and cuts and have fatigue?
See your doctor: See your doctor for an exam and bloodwork. ...Read more
Had normal CBC w/diff 3 wks ago. Platelets lower side of normal. I have developed a tiny bit of petechiae on shin. Could this be a sign of leukemia?
Unlikely: You do not expect petechiae unless there is a drastic fall in platelet counts. Moreover you are not expected to have a normal CBC if you were to have leukemia. if you feel well ignore your concerns as baseless. If you feel unwell, then repeat your CBC and go see your doctor for examination. Petechiae are difficult to see for a lay person. ...Read more
On my mom's side of the family, out of 10 people (cousins, aunts, uncles, etc) 4 got cancer after 50-two leukemia, 1 breast, 1 colon, is this strong?
Significant, but...: Factor in a few issues: age/comorbidities of the individuals involved, occupational exposure, environmental (e.g. Live near smoke stacks), overall state of health maintenance & lifestyle (e.g. Heavy smokers, drinkers?). Now note that of the relatives you mentioned, many are not related by first generation. Yes, there is an increased predilection, but cancers mentioned don't fit a cancer syndrome. ...Read more
Is acute erythroid leukemia genetic? My father was just diagnosed at age 70. I am 31 low platelets run extremely low in my family (dads side).
It is possible...: Familial cases of erythroleukemia (m6) have been described. M6 itself is relatively rare, and familial cases even more rare. Usually, m6 develops in patients with pre-existing myelodysplastic syndrome (pre-leukemic state). Familial types of myelodysplastic syndromes do occur, and would be a risk for developing leukemia. Talk to your doctor about your worries and if any further testing is need. ...Read more
I am showing signs of easy bruising, night sweats, some discomfort in my left side and some weight loss. These symptoms are showing me leukemia?
See MD: The symptoms you describe can be caused by a number of things. However, they are somewhat concerning when taken all together. Though the likelihood is low, these symptoms could be caused by something like a leukemia or lymphoma. You need to see a health provider now to figure out what is going on. ...Read more
Forearm and upper arm pain. Not severe - dull, achy. Left side x2 days. Cbc 4 weeks ago normal. Itp? Leukemia? Haven't needed any tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibproufen
Further studies: Achey pain should subside given your age group but if persists you should see your sic for further evaluation. ...Read more
I have a lump in my lower back on left side. It is getting bigger. I have ached and been feverish. My mom had multiple miloma cancer and my son has acute myeloid leukemia.
Likely due to infec-: Tion, because of the fever. You need an examination as well as a good family history to determine how many relatives have developed a cancer. There are rare familial cancer predisposition genes that may be tested for, if appropriate, like Li – Fraumini syndrome. Ask for the age at onset and what tissue was first affected, then obtain a local cancer genetics consultation or on Healthtap ...Read more
My 4 yo has a perforated ear drum that is being repaired in a few days. He also has a swollen lymph node under his jaw on same side. Related? Leukemia?
Lymphadenopathy: It would not be unreasonable for this boy to have swollen lymph nodes on the side of an injury, abrasion, or other inflammation. I see no reason to suspect leukemia, so don't concern yourself with that. Just indicate the finding to the ENT surgeon as you check in for his tympanoplasty. ...Read more
Could it be leukemia? I'm 20 years old, I do smoke, I have an iron deficiency, I'm anemic, the lymph nodes under my left and right arm are enlarged as well as the right side of my throat. I bruise easily and have a headache almost every night. & no matter
See your doctor: Most forms of leukemia are obvious on a blood count, and there are many other causes of swollen lymph nodes. It sounds like you need a comprehensive medical evaluation, preferably by an internist. You may need referral to a hematologist/oncologist and may need tissue biopsy if the history, physical exam and routine lab are of concern. Infectious mono can give all the things you have as well. ...Read more
9yr old has wbc 25, 000 CT SCAN, Xray, and ultrasound all clear. Should I worry its leukemia? Lower left side stomach pain w vomiting. Doc says virus?
Not with that: Leukemia would present with WBC higher by a fact0r of 5-10X. That level of elevation I a kid is easily achieved as a stress response during an illness. They push out stress hormones that can double their white cell count overnight. Common things are common. I wouldn't go to the scary place just yet. Keep in touch with your treatment team & notify them of any change. ...Read more
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Taste changes: When you are not feeling well (having leukemia) etc - you can have some alteration of the sense of tase. In addition distortion of the sense of taste (dysgeusia) can be also caused by other things like drugs- eg. Antibiotics, asthma treatment, chemotherapy, zinc deficiency etc. ...Read more
CBCj, flow cytometry: Leukemia is suspected when abnormal cells our found in the blood, or when blood counts are very low. The first test is the CBC (complete blood count). If abnormal cells are in the blood, they can be identified by flow cytometry, which analyzes compounds on the surface of blood cells. The definitive test otherwise is a bone marrow aspirate and biopsy, usually taken from the pelvic bone. ...Read more
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
No one knows: Only in rare circumstances do we actually know the cause. Those times would be if the child was previously treated with chemotherapy or radiation therapy, if there is a known genetic problem like down's syndrome or in a few families where it may be hereditary. Exposures, foods, cellphones, high voltage transmission towers, etc have not been proven to increase the risk of getting leukemia. ...Read more
Depends on type of l: There are 4 different types of leukemia, so we need to know what type of leukemia are you interested in knowing about? There is definitely a chance of dying from leukemia but there is also curative treatment available for many patients with leukemia. So you need to ask this question to your treating doctor. ...Read more
Nothing: I do not know of anything that can prevent leukemia. A study at mayo clinic by dr. Shanafelt was looking at treating early stage cll with green tea extract. Further studies will likely go forward. Some risk factors, such as prior chemotherapy for other cancers can increase the risk of leukemia, but that is likely not avoidable. I am unaware of any diet or exercise intervention. ...Read more
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
You can find a lot of info about leukemia at www. Lls. Org.
Basically it is a cancer of white blood cells- can be chronic or acute. Chronic leukemia usually is asymptomatic at presentation and diagnosis is made from abnormal blood work. Acute leukemia can be presented with symptoms such as fatigue, anemia, low platelet, easy bruising/bleeding, frequent infection, weight loss, bony pain, fever, etc. ...Read more
Probably none: Green tea has been studied in chronic lymphocytic leukemia but is by no means a cure. Only acute leukemias have a chance of cure and this is with chemotherapy. We have to stick with treatment that has been academically studied so if someone is telling you that certain foods can cure cancer, you need to walk out the door. That is in my opinion unethical. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Blood test usually: If you have certain symptoms, blood tests will be done which may show leukemia. These tests may not show the leukemia outright. Either way, if there is. Still concern, a bone marrow test will be done. This test will be able to determine if the symptoms are leukemia or not. ...Read more