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What is the treatment for acute myeloid leukemia?

What is the treatment for  acute myeloid leukemia?

Differs: The answers depend on patient age, overall health, and type of aml. Usually younger, healthier patients are offered aggressive chemotherapy and possible stem cell transplant, while older patients are offered less aggressive chemotherapy or supportive care alone. Here is a link to info on AML treatment: http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/adultaml/patient/page1. ...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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Is revlimid (lenalidomide) effective in the use for treatment for acute myelogenous leukemia?

Is revlimid (lenalidomide) effective in the use for treatment for acute myelogenous leukemia?

Possibly: We do use it if they have chromosomal changes that predict response. However, not the standard of care. Mainly used if the person is not in the best of shape and looking for alternative, non aggressive options. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for acute adult leukemia?

What is the treatment for acute adult leukemia?

Depends: Depends on the type, cytogenetic profiles, age, overall condition, preference. In general, combination of systemic chemo plus minus biological therapy then followed by either consolidation chemo or bone marrow transplant if indicated.Discuss further with your oncologist. Certain acute leukemia is treated with derivative vitamin a, plus minus arsenic.Clinical trial and palliative are available too. ...Read more

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What are some treatments for acute myeloid leukemia?

What are some treatments for acute myeloid leukemia?

Chemotherapy: Acute myeloid leukemia is treated with chemotherapy. The type of drugs and intensity of the chemotherapy is determined by factors such as the patient's age, other medical problems and prior therapies. Chromosome changes in the leukemia cells can also determine the treatment given. A bone marrow or stem cell transplant is used in some cases. ...Read more

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Is revlimid (lenalidomide) effective for acute myelogenous leukemia?

Is revlimid (lenalidomide) effective for acute myelogenous leukemia?

Possibly: If the leukemia develops out of a myelodysplasia and has evidence of a 5q-, then possibly. But, the results are mediocre at best. Not curative by any stretch but could possibly slow the leukemia down for a short time. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Treatment for thrombocytosis?

Treatment for thrombocytosis?

Depends on cause: Increase platelet count may be due to iron deficiency and easily treatable. However, there more serious caused of thrmbocytosis, e.g., leukemia. See your doctor to determine the cause. ...Read more

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Is chemotherapy treatment for severe sepsis?

Is chemotherapy treatment for severe sepsis?

Confusing question: Chemo uses various toxic substances to target and kill cancer cells. We use antibiotics to kill the germs of sepsis.During severe sepsis we also use medicines to support blood pressure and fluids too support the normal needs of the body.None of these are called chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Help! what is acute myeloid leukemia treatment like?

It involves Chemothe: Typical treatment for acute leukemia requires admission to the hospital for chemotherapy which can make you sick and cause infections. So, most patients end up in the hospital for several weeks to begin with till their leukemia goe sinto a remission which is early benefit of an effective chemotherpy which is the case in half to 2/3 of the cases. Young adults do much better than the old(>60 yrs). ...Read more

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Treatment for relapsed myeloma?

Treatment for relapsed myeloma?

New agents: Pomalidomide and Kyprolis (carfilzomib) were recently approved for treatment of relapsed myeloma- should talk to a hematologist/oncologist for more details. ...Read more

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What are some alternative treatment for acute leukaemia?

None: Please follow the recommended, standard treatment. Before modern medicine, nearly 100% of kids and adults with acute leukemias died within a few weeks to months of being diagnosed. Today, almost all patients get into remission. About 40% of patients with the most aggressive types will be cured with no evidence of leukemia 5 years from diagnosis. Some easier to treat types have 80-90% cute rate. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for chronic myelogenous leukemia?

What are the treatments for chronic myelogenous leukemia?

Multiple: There are medications called tyrosine kinase inhibitors. They block this enzyme and treat the leukemia. There are currently three on the market, imatinib, nilotinib and dasatinib. Other treatments include bone marrow transplant but rarely done now because these medications are available. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What are complications for someone with acute lymphoblastic leukemia?

What are complications for someone with acute lymphoblastic leukemia?

Many side effects: There are many potential complications for somebody with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (all). Some are related to the leukemia and some are due to toxicities of the treatment. Typical problems include infection, bleeding problems, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, mouth sores, hair loss, fatigue, and need for blood transfusions. There can be effects on fertility as well. ...Read more

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What are the diagnostic tests for acute lymphoblastic leukemia?

What are the diagnostic tests for acute lymphoblastic leukemia?

Bone marrow biopsy : The diagnosis is typically with a bone marrow biopsy, cytogenetics (dna of leukemia cells), and flow cytometry (cell surface markers of leukemia cells). ...Read more

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What is a karyotype for acute lymphocytic leukemia?

What is a karyotype for acute lymphocytic leukemia?

A karyotype is ...: A technique that lets us see the gross structural features of the chromosomes in a cell. Cells are forced to enter mitosis but then are arrested in metaphase with a drug called nocodazole. The chromosomes can the be seen under the microscop which lets is see their number and structure. All cells can have multiple abnormalities that can be seen by karyotype, but may be normal as well. ...Read more

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Is there a karyotype for acute lymphocytic leukemia?

Is there a karyotype for acute lymphocytic leukemia?

Yes: Chromosomal abnormalities, such as t(9;22)(q34;q11) (abl/bcr), t(12;21)(p13;q22) (tel/aml1), and t(11q23) (mll) are independent prognostic indicators in childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia. ...Read more

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What treatments are best for actue lymphoblastic leukemia?

What treatments are best for actue lymphoblastic leukemia?

Chemotherapy: Successful treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (all) requires chemotherapy using multiple different drugs. Treatment of the spinal fluid is also needed. There are many different combinations that can be used and treatment requires multiple cycles of therapy. In some cases a stem cell transplant will also be used. ...Read more

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Is chemothery treatment for severe sepsis?

Is chemothery treatment for severe sepsis?

Chemotherapy : Chemotherapy generally refers to anti-cancer treatment. Severe sepsis refers to infectious diseases that have spiraled out of control making the patient very sick, and at risk for dying from the infection. Maybe there was some confusion here talking to the doc? Chemotherapy or "chemo" for short can weaken a patient as a side-effect of treating a cancer, such that infections can arise. Hope ur OK. ...Read more

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Help please! is chemotherapy is the only treatment of acute mylogenous leukemia?

AML: Is treated with chemotherapy in almost all cases. One subtype, acute promyelocytic leukemia can be managed without chemo. ...Read more

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I wanted to know is chemotherapy the only treatment of acute mylogenous leukemia?

Yes.: AML is a very difficult disease to treat. This disease is deadly if not treated. The only successful treatments are with chemotherapy. some people even need bone marrow transplants (which require very high doses of chemotherapy). Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for acute adult leukemia?

Depends: Depends on the type, cytogenetic profiles, age, overall condition, preference. In general, combination of systemic chemo plus minus biological therapy then followed by either consolidation chemo or bone marrow transplant if indicated.Discuss further with your oncologist. Certain acute leukemia is treated with derivative vitamin a, plus minus arsenic.Clinical trial and palliative are available too. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for acute myeloid leukemia?

Differs: The answers depend on patient age, overall health, and type of aml. Usually younger, healthier patients are offered aggressive chemotherapy and possible stem cell transplant, while older patients are offered less aggressive chemotherapy or supportive care alone. Here is a link to info on AML treatment: http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/adultaml/patient/page1. ...Read more

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Is revlimid (lenalidomide) effective in the use for treatment for acute myelogenous leukemia?

Possibly: We do use it if they have chromosomal changes that predict response. However, not the standard of care. Mainly used if the person is not in the best of shape and looking for alternative, non aggressive options. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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My granny is 70-75 years old and was diagonised with acute leukemia. Can you suggest the best treatment for her?

My granny is 70-75 years old and was diagonised with acute leukemia. Can you suggest the best treatment for her?

Difficult.: The ability to tolerate aggressive chemotherapy declines with age. Patients under 60 can tolerate aggressive chemo and expect good results, but between 60-70 results are worse, and over 70 much worse unless there is an unusual type of dna damage to predicts good response. Less aggressive approaches are possible with older AML patients who have lower "blast counts" in marrow. There is no "best.". ...Read more

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Help please? How is the pain in acute leukemia?

Help please? How is the pain in acute leukemia?

Hard to say...: It is very difficult to give you a general description of pain in leukemia since it varies widely from patient to patient. Generally, for example, in the beginning (before treatment) there may be bone pain from infiltration of the bone marrow or abdominal pain from infiltration of spleen/liver. Once treatment is initiated, there may be some pain associated with that, too. ...Read more

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Is it true that acute leukemia is a type of cancer?

Is it true that acute leukemia is a type of cancer?

Yes. : Cancer is a disorder where a specific cell gains a growth and survival advantage and grows unchecked by the body's immune system. In acute leukemia the cancerous cell is on of the blood cells. ...Read more

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Is there an alternative medicine for treating acute leukemia?

No: I know you are hoping that the answer would be yes- but, no, there is no proven good alternatve medicine to treat acute leukemia. Acute leukemia is a life threatening disease and would need to be treated as soon as possible. Do not waste your time and delay the treatment. You should see an oncologist and have a detail discussion about get the work-up and treatment as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Can you have normal blood work and have acute leukemia symptoms for 3 months?

Can you have normal blood work and have acute leukemia symptoms for 3 months?

Let me clarify: Leukemia begins in the bone marrow and then spills over into your blood. The symptoms are absent until your blood counts are affected by the leukemic process. This may take 1 to 3 months but it is difficult to time the exact onset of leukemia in the marrow . The symptoms are due to Anemia(low hemoglobin/RBCs), Infections(due to low white cell count) and abnormal bleeding due to low platelet counts ...Read more

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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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What is acute leukemia?

It is a disease: Acute leukemia is a blood disorder where white cells are not formed normally. It has excellent treatment available now. ...Read more

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How is acute leukemia cured?

How is acute leukemia cured?

Multiple ways: Leukemia, like any other type of cancer, can be cured in a variable proportion of cases. In many other cases where complete cure is not possible, long-time remission can be achieved. This is usually accomplished by using a combination of medications (chemotherapy). Many times, after chemotherapy, a bone marrow transplant can provide the definitive cure. ...Read more

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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?

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?

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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I've got adult acute leukemia. Now what?

Treatment: There are mainly 2 types of acute leukemia. Myeloid and lymphoid. Treatment depends on certain features on bone marrow. That can categorize you in low, intermediate or high risk. In general induction chemotherapy followed by consolidation chemo can put patients in remission. ...Read more

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