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Doctor insights on: Which Is The Most Dangerous Type Of Leukemia In Adults

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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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Which types of leukemia are there?

Which types of leukemia are there?

Four categories...: They are acute myeloid or acute lymphoid leukemia (aml and all), and chronic myeloid or chronic lymphoid leukemia (cml and cll). However, there are variants within each of these categories that reflect their unique molecular natures. The categories simply reflect the expression of markers of differentiation along each of these lineages and the ability to mature. More specific info if you wish.

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What are the types of leukemia in kids?

What are the types of leukemia in kids?

Many: Most are acute leukemias. These include all and aml. There are other types within each of these groups. Children can also gt chronic leukemia. This is typically cml. All of these leukemias are very treatable..

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Which type of pain does leukemia cause?

Which type of pain does leukemia cause?

Rarely causes pain: It is uncommon to have pain as a symptom of leukemia. But if you have it then it is likely to be from the bones, most often from the pelvic/low back area. But you should know what type of leukemia you are dealing with (?) as there are 4 different types which can be either acute or chronic leukemia, with entirely different symptoms from one to the other (s).

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What are the different types of leukemia?

What are the different types of leukemia?

How much do you want: There are 4 classical types of leukemia; They can be Acute or chronic and Lymphoid cell type or myeloid cell type. Tell us what is the real reason you want to know about this?

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What are the tests for leukemia, adult chronic?

What are the tests for leukemia, adult chronic?

Varies: Typical tests include blood examination under the microscope and flow cytometry which is enough to diagnose chronic lymphocytic leukemia (cll). For chronic myeloid leukemia (cml), a bone marrow biopsy is also necessary.

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What are the common types of leukemia for a 25 year old?

What are the common types of leukemia for a 25 year old?

Several...: It's difficult to say in just a few words but, generally speaking, at young ages, leukemias are more likely to be of the acute rather than chronic type. In terms of cell of origin, they can be lymphoid or myeloid, so most of the time at this age it will be acute lymphoid (lymphoblastic, all) or acute myeloid leukemia (aml). Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) is also possible but not as common.

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Do you treat leukemia differently in a child than an adult?

Do you treat leukemia differently in a child than an adult?

More intensive chemo: Yes, chemotherapy regimens for pediatric acute leukemia are usually much more intensive and the dose usually is higher than the chemo for adult patients. Children are much tougher than how they look. They get higher dose of chemo and more intensive, but they tolerate them very well and would bounch back right away.

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What medications are used to treat ALL, a type of leukemia?

Combination chemo: The drug choicees are variable among different age groups. Children with ALL are commonly treated with Vincristine/ Prednisone initially and later receive 6MP and Methotrexate. In adults we tend to use Cyclophosphamide, Adriamycin (doxorubicin) vicristine and Dexamethasone. L-Asparaginase is commonly used but only in children. In Ph+ve patients Imatinib is added as well.

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Can someone who had leukemia as a child relapse 10 years later as an adult?

Can someone who had leukemia as a child relapse 10 years later as an adult?

Yes: Relapse is certainly possible. Also, secondary cancers are unfortunately common as well.

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Which types of leukemia are not curable?

All leukemia types..: May be cured in some people but not in others. Factors which make leukemia very high risk and less likely to be cured include certain chromosomal aberrations, abnormal (dysplastic) shapes of the leukemia cells, and old age of the patient. To be more precise one must first determine which kind of leukemia we are dealing with.

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Is chronic neutropenia a type of leukemia?

No: Chronic neutropenia is not a type of leukemia. However, a very low neutrophil count can increase the risk for serious and recurrent infections.

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What are the tests for acute adult leukemia?

What are the tests for acute adult leukemia?

Bone marrow exam: The basic tests include blood review, flow cytometry but the definitive test is a bone marrow biopsy which gives the detailed information about type and prognosis of the acute leukemia.

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What does having adult chronic leukemia mean?

Blood cancer: Leukemia is a cancer of the white blood cells and bone marrow is the site of the defect. Treatment and outcome depend on the type of leukemia and stage of the disease. Some leukemias may be curable with intensive therapy and may require bone marrow transplantation.

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What can I do to treat adult chronic leukemia?

What can I do to treat adult chronic leukemia?

See doctor: Leukemia is not some thing you can treat yourself for. See your doctor.

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What are the symptoms of acute adult leukemia?

Several: Fatigue, fever, easy bruising, infection are some of the symptoms of acute leukemia. Having any of these symptoms, however, does not mean that someone has leukemia.

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Are there any types of leukemia aren't curable?

Are there any types of leukemia aren't curable?

Cures in Leukemias: CLL is usually managed by watchful waiting. CML can be held back with lifelong tyrosine kinase inhibitors, but the leukemia recurs in most pts if drug stopped. Children with ALL can be cured, but adult ALL is difficult to cure. A minority of AML can be cured with chemo (APL, CBF AML). Allogeneic transplant can be curative, but is risky. Cure depends on the individual's leukemia genetics, etc.

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My brother has adult chronic leukemia. What should I tell him?

See your doctor: Are you your brother's doctor? It is a subject he should take up with his doctor. Leukemia is a serious though often treatable illness and he should see his doctor asap.

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