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Doctor insights on: My Dad Just Died Of Acute Leukemia He Was In His Late 70s Is Leukemia Hereditary

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My dad just died of acute leukemia. He was in his late 70s. Is leukemia hereditary?

My dad just died of acute leukemia. He was in his late 70s. Is leukemia hereditary?

Usually not : Leukemia in adults is usually not hereditary. Sometimes individuals with other genetic changes such as down syndrome or a few other mutatations such as one called p53 have an increased risk, but most cases are not linked. ...Read more

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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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Great uncle had acute leukemia and now his daughter has it at 50 years old. Is this likely hereditary or can it be spontaneous?

Great uncle had acute leukemia and now his daughter has it at 50 years old. Is this likely hereditary or can it be spontaneous?

Probably not : Did your great uncle had leukemia at an advanced age? Is it cll? Cll is a very common type of leukemia in old people, and no hereditary trend. On the other hand his daughter at 50 probably developed aml. If my guesses are correct, i don't see any hint of heredity. However, if the great uncle had aml, or all, and if other members of the family had cancer (breast, brain, colon etc.) then it could be. ...Read more

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What happens if polycythemia vera is diagnosed late, does that increase the chances of getting acute leukemia?

What happens if polycythemia vera is diagnosed late, does that increase the chances of getting acute leukemia?

Probably no: Untreated PCV typically causes problems with thrombotic events (venous blood clots, strokes, heart attacks) long before it transitions to AML, Radioactive phosphorus and some chemotherapy are thought to increase this risk of transition to AML. Therefore, being diagnosed late my make it less likely that PCV will transition to AML. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if polycythemia vera is diagnosed late, does that increase the chances of getting acute leukemia?

Uncommon/unpredictab: It is hard to tell when the diagnosis of pv is late. The risk of leukemia is quite low. So i would not worry about it. Just hope for the best and stay under the supervision of a good hematologist and have regular monitoring check ups. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you are diagnosed with a form of chronic leukemia can it change to an acute leukemia?

Yes, sometimes: There are two separate types of chronic leukemia;these go by the names CML and cll. They follow a separate course and can have a long course of disease. CML often ends up as acute leukemia(called blastic change which is a type of acute leukemia bearing poor survival once this transformation has taken place. Fortunately the risk of this happening is much reduced with the modern treatments for cml. ...Read more

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Which is worse: chronic or acute leukemia?

Which is worse: chronic or acute leukemia?

Acute: Acute leukemia comes on suddenly, and without treatment can quickly turn fatal. The chronic leukemias begin slowly and it can be many years before it is even obvious that someone is ill. This difference in behaviour is why they are called "acute" or "chronic.". ...Read more

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Is it possible to have acute leukemia twice?

Well, yes...: Sometimes the same leukemia can come back, sometimes you can have 2 different types of leukemia. ...Read more

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How do you discover someone has acute leukemia?

How do you discover someone has acute leukemia?

Common symptoms: Symptoms at presentation of an acute leukemia are typically related to infiltration of the bone marrow with cancerous cells. This can cause bone pain. Additionally, the marrow is where the blood cells are made. So anemia - fatigue, paleness; low platelets - easy bruising, bleeding, petechiael rash; and abnormal white cells - fever, infection; are all common symptoms. ...Read more

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What are the chances of surviving acute leukemia (67 years old)?

It depnds on Type of: It depends on the type of leukemia (Acute leukemia is very bad). Chronic leukemia is much more treatable. ...Read more

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