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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. Aasim Sehbai
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Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (Definition)

This is a type of leukemia. It is a cancer of a certain blood dell, originating in the bone marrow. It causes low blood counts. Diagnosis is often by evaluation of bone marrow aspirate. Treatments depend on subtypes and range from standard chemotherapy ...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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How is acute myeloid leukemia different from chronic lymphoma leukemia?

How is acute myeloid leukemia different from chronic lymphoma leukemia?

Different cell type: Leukemias typically originate when one of the white blood cell types starts multiplying out of control and preventing the normal cells from doing their job. There are many types of white blood cells and the subtype of leukemia or lymphoma or myeloma depends on which subtype is out of control. ...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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What causes acute myelogenous leukemia?

What causes acute myelogenous leukemia?

DNA mutations: Leukemias occur due to mutations in dna. Many mutations have been linked to aml, however, the cause for most of the mutations remains unclear. Known risks include radiation exposure and certain chemical exposure. ...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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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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Aml acute myeloid leukemia is what?

Aml acute myeloid leukemia is what?

AML is a cancer.....: Of the bone marrow (actually a group of cancers) whose precise causes are unknown, but about which we know considerable molecular detail and are learning more each day. The disease arises from the hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells in the bone marrow when these cells acquire mutations that allow them to escape controls on growth and apoptosis. Subtype info is found on the nci website. ...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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What is chronic myelogenous leukemia?

A blood cancer: CML is a blood cancer that develops slowly (hence chronic). If untreated it will eventually be life threatening. It is associated a unique chromosomal injury, the philadelphia chromosome. New drugs (tkis) target this damage and reliably produce remissions in early stage patients that often are long lasting. ...Read more

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What is chronic myeloid leukemia?

What is chronic myeloid leukemia?

Marrow cancer: CML is a marrow malignancy characterized by excessive number of white blood cells with various degrees of maturation. Most CML patients have deficient number of red cells and platelets. CML responds dramatically to oral agents called tyrosine kinase inhibitors. Examples are Gleevec and Sprycel (dasatinib). ...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 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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What is chronic myelogenous leukemia (cml)?

What is chronic myelogenous leukemia (cml)?

White cell cancer: The bone marrow cells that produce granulocytes (needed to fight infections) grow out of control and are present in large numbers in the blood and other organs. The disease is quite treatable these days because of targeted therapy and long lasting remissions are possible in most people. ...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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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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What is acute myeloid leukemia (aml)?

What is acute myeloid leukemia (aml)?

Bone marrow cancer: White blood cells live and grow in the bone marrow and enter the blood stream where they travel throughout the body to fight infection. If these cells become cancerous, they grow out of control choking out the normal blood cells in the bone marrow and leaving the person vulnerable to infection, bleeding and anemia because there are not enough normal cells. All ages get AML but usually younger. ...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 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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Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Leukemia (Definition)

A cancer of blood-forming tissues, hindering the body's ...Read more