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Question about leukemia. Do any viruses infect white blood cells and cause leukemia?

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
6 doctors agree

In brief: Virus and cancers

There are a lot of different viruses known.
Only a few of them linked to devlopment of cancer such as hpv to cervical cancer/head and neck cancer, ebv to hodgkin's lymphoma, nasopharyngeal ca; HIV to kaposi sarcoma, etc. Yes, htlv-1 virus is related to adult t cell leukemia/lymphoma, ebv is also associated with burkitt's lymphoma- which can transform into more severe case- burkitt's leukemia.

In brief: Virus and cancers

There are a lot of different viruses known.
Only a few of them linked to devlopment of cancer such as hpv to cervical cancer/head and neck cancer, ebv to hodgkin's lymphoma, nasopharyngeal ca; HIV to kaposi sarcoma, etc. Yes, htlv-1 virus is related to adult t cell leukemia/lymphoma, ebv is also associated with burkitt's lymphoma- which can transform into more severe case- burkitt's leukemia.
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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Yes, it is Epstein Barr Virus
Dr. David Masiello
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

There is a t cell virus that can cause leukemia.

In brief: Yes

There is a t cell virus that can cause leukemia.
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