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Medicine For Childhood Leukemia
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
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
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
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
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
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
See below: There are no environmental influences.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
Can sleeping with electric blanket on throughout the night cause childhood leukemia, breast cancer, or other cancers?
No: Interesting question, but no evidence that heat influences the origin of these disorders. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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