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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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

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Childhood Leukemia (Definition)

Childhood leukemia, also called acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), is a type of blood cancer in children where the rapid overgrowth of the immune cells of the blood leads to a weakened immune system, bone pain, weight loss, fatigue from anemia, and ...Read more


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