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How is childhood leukemia treated?

How is childhood leukemia treated?

Chemotherapy: There are many types of leukemia. They are treated differently. The treatment will include chemotherapy. The exact treatments depend on the type of leukemia. Radiation and even bone arrow transplants are used to treat childhood leuekemias. Good luck. ...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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What is thecause of childhood leukemia?

What is thecause of childhood leukemia?

Wish we knew: Leukemia, like most malignancies, is due to abnormal changes in the genetics of a cell line in the body, which cause it to proliferate in a manner which overwhelms the normal cells of the body. The change is generally random, an accident statistically of cellular division and not due to some failure of parenting. Whoever discovers the real cause will be an international hero. ...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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What are the tests for childhood leukemia?

What are the tests for childhood leukemia?

Many other tests: For diagnosis, I agree with a CBC and a bone marrow evaluation. The best test for diagnosis is done by flow cytometry and can detect even 1 leukemia cell among 10, 000 normal cells: a powerful test.
To adequately treat childhood leukemia, there are many tests that help characterize the leukemia into a low, medium or high risk group. These tests are genetic-based tests of the leukemia cells. ...Read more

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What are the core symptoms of childhood leukemia?

What are the core symptoms of childhood leukemia?

Multiple: Kids with leukemia can have different presentations. Fever, anemia (low red blood cells--causes paleness and tiredness), easy bruising (not just from the knee to ankle), easy bleeding, bone or joint pain, limp, poor appetite, irritability, headache, seizures, swollen lymph nodes (glands), or shortness of breath. Many of these can have multiple causes, so if you're worried, see a pediatrician! ...Read more

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What are some of the symptoms of childhood leukemia?

What are some of the symptoms of childhood leukemia?

Fatigue: Fever, weakness, anemia, appetite loss, rashes, especially small red dots called petechia, pallor, bleeding gums, frequent infections. ...Read more

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How to know if I have symptoms of childhood leukemia?

How to know if I have symptoms of childhood leukemia?

Leukemia: Childhood leukemia can present in children with a variety of symptoms: fatigue, pallor, decreased appetite, weight loss, easy bruising or bleeding, or limp. If you are concerned about a child with these symptoms, see your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the oldest age that you can get childhood leukemia?

What is the oldest age that you can get childhood leukemia?

Pretty old for kids: The most common leukemias that occur in kids also occur in adults. It is possible to have leukemia as an young adult and be treated according to pediatric protocols, which generally are more intensive. The protocols for childhood leukemia allow for treatment of "kids" up to 30 years of age. ...Read more

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I want to know what's the main cause of childhood leukemia?

I want to know what's the main cause of childhood leukemia?

Unknown: Just like most other cancers, the cause of leukemia is unknown. ...Read more

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Please explain what are some symptoms of childhood leukemia?

Please explain what are some symptoms of childhood leukemia?

Usually I see: Fatigue. Other symptoms include fever, swollen lymph nodes, paleness, infection not resolving. ...Read more

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Where can I find statistics about childhood leukemia for the u.S?

Where can I find statistics about childhood leukemia for the u.S?

Seer database or ACS: The seer database is available online and publishes all this data. The leukemia and lymphoma society and american cancer society. ...Read more

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Can you let me know how many types of childhood leukemia are there?

Can you let me know how many types of childhood leukemia are there?

Four major types...: Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (all), acute myelogenous leukemia (aml), chronic myelogenous leukemia (cml), and juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia (jmml). Each of these can be further subdivided. ...Read more

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Are there effective natural treatments for childhood leukemia?

Are there effective natural treatments for childhood leukemia?

Unfortunately, no.: No natural treatments have been proven to cure this. Treatment of childhood leukemia requires chemotherapy and sometimes radiation therapy and stem cell transplantation. Working with an experienced pediatric oncologist is a must! ...Read more

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Which is present in childhood leukemia? In the blood film myelocytes or myeloblasts?

Which is present in childhood leukemia? In the blood film myelocytes or myeloblasts?

Myeloblasts: Leukemia often leads to Anemia, low platelets and changes in white cell count (high or low) and circulating Blasts in the peripheral blood or some components of the above elements. ...Read more

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Is a bone scan useful to diagnose childhood leukemia?

Is a bone scan useful to diagnose childhood leukemia?

No: Diagnose will be made by getting specific blood work and ultimately a bone marrow aspirate and biopsy. Bone scan will not be useful to diagnose leukemia. ...Read more

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I just read that drinking coffee while pregnant can increase childhood leukemia. I drank it with both pregnancies! Dr said it was okay. What's the deal?

I just read that drinking coffee while pregnant can increase childhood leukemia. I drank it with both pregnancies! Dr said it was okay. What's the deal?

That's baloney: I'm sorry someone troubled you with something so foolish. Retrospective epidemiologic studies generate a huge amount of junk associations. Anyone who's scientifically literate can recognize the bogus ones. If I were to do a study to find out whether eating licorice causes your kids to be born with a unibrow, I'd get a positive result. Please don't worry about this. ...Read more

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What happens to children with childhood leukemias?

Usually they thrive: The cure rate for all childhood leukemias has improved tremendously over the past few decades, and much effort now is directed toward minimizing long term side effects, such as numbness, secondary cancers, or slowed mentation. A very reasonable goal today is for the child to be cured and lead a perfectly normal life. ...Read more

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What are the chances of curing childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia?

Good.: This disease is curable in 80% of cases. There are many findings of the leukemia that can effect the prognosis. Some findings make the curability higher, some make it lower. Overall, there are good treatments for this disease. ...Read more

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For childhood acute leukemia, is there any food that she can take or not?

For childhood acute leukemia, is there any food that she can take or not?

Follow this guide: Food borne illness can be a problem for everyone, but especially for those with a compromised immune system, which occurs during cancer treatments. Eat a balanced diet and follow these guidelines: raw fruits and vegies should be well washed. Avoid raw or undercooked meat/fish/poultry. Milk products should be pasturized. Do not eat raw eggs or egg products (cookie dough, cake batter, etc). ...Read more

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I have suspect that I have lymphoma or leukemia from childhood or im born with my current age is 17 im male having hbg 14 tell me what test I shall do?

I have suspect that I have lymphoma or leukemia from childhood or im born with my current age is 17 im male having hbg 14 tell me what test I shall do?

Why do you ask?: Leukemia and lymphoma are not chronic illnesses. Untreated leukemia tends to kill a child in a few weeks. Non-hodgkin's lymphoma is rare at your age and hodgkin's will make itself obvious. Your fatigue and sense of being weak require evaluation both from a physical and emotional perspective. ...Read more

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I've got all or acute lymphoblastic leukemia. How can an adult get a childhood cancer?

I've got all or acute lymphoblastic leukemia. How can an adult get a childhood cancer?

Adults get it too: While acute lymphoblastic leukemia (all) is the most common cancer in children, adults get it also. In fact, more adults each year are diagnosed with all than children. It is usually more difficult to treat when it occurs in adults compared to children. ...Read more

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How do you know if your child has leukemia or not?

How do you know if your child has leukemia or not?

To see pediatrician: You should bring your child to see your pediatrician and dicuss further with her/him in detail about possibilities. She/he will examine your child and order the necessary initial blood work. If there is anything suspicious then she/he will be able to refer you to see a pediatric hematologist/oncologist for further evaluation/testings i.e. A bone marrow biopsy etc. ...Read more

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Could a guy that once had leukemia treatmenthave children?

Could a guy that once had leukemia treatmenthave children?

Yes: It depends upon the type of therapy a person received. For men who have completed thereapy, analysis of semen by a urologist interested in reproductive issues may help with guidance. Some men who have already reached puberty before therapy may choose to bank their sperm to give an added chance at fathering children. ...Read more

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Is it wrong to ask what kind of leukemia if a child has it?

Is it wrong to ask what kind of leukemia if a child has it?

No, it is not: There are many types of leukemia and factors that have to be calculated in selecting treatment and discussing prognosis of the disease. It is not wrong to ask your doctor what type of leukemia that the child has so that you can discuss further re-tretament plan etc. Leukemia is only a general terminology for a cancer of the white blood cells-that is very serious and need to be treated right away. ...Read more

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What are the causes of leukemia in children?

What are the causes of leukemia in children?

Unknown: Most leukemias in adults and children do not have a specific etiology. Some leukemias in children can be linked to genetic abnormalities like down's syndrome, neurofibromatosis, bloom syndrome, and others. Ethnicity may play a role in all, hispanic children tend to have higer risk. High birth weight has been associated with higher risk though really this is unclear. Other factors are inconsistent. ...Read more

Dr. James Ball
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Childhood Leukemia (Definition)

The leukemia are a heterogeneous ...Read more