My white blood cell count was 365000 when I was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (2012), how long would I have lived without treatment?
Not long. Hope you get a long-term cure, and glad it was picked up. The acute leukemias are chaotic systems and it's impossible to predict when death may come. The actual white count is immaterial, while a very low platelet count may result in a fatal hemorrhage at an unpredictable time and organ involvement unrelated to lab values can do the same.
Can't know answer. This is difficult to say with certainty. Patients that have wbc's as high as yours are critically ill at the time of diagnosis. Factors that would influence how long someone like you would survive without therapy include how fast the WBC (and leukemia cell burden) is increasing, whether there was infection present, and whether complications of dic or tumor lysis was present. In summary, not long.
What are the chances of my child getting a secondary cancer after her leukemia treatment is completed? Daughter, age 9, treated for acute lymphoblastic leukemia, no radiation, 2.5 years of intrathecal and oral chemo meds.
A. A paper published by the national cancer institute in 2007 looked at secondary malignancy rates in over 16, 000 kids diagnosed and successfully treated for leukemia and lymphoma. Overall, the rate of a second cancer in kids treated for leukemia (not specifying what kind of leukemia or treatment) within 30 years after diagnosis was 2.4%. The chance of developing cancer in the general (adult and kid) population is 0.6%. In this study, most secondary cancers occurred in kids that were treated for leukemia between the ages of 1 and 4 years of age. The other thing to consider is that they were looking at patients treated in the late 1970's and 1980's and treatments may have changed since then. The good news is that your daughter has a lot of things going for her such as her age, the type of leukemia she had (usually very treatable with less toxic medications than other cancers), and the fact that she did not have radiation. So her risk might be even less than the other kids in that study. If you have any specific questions about her care, please talk with her oncologist. I hope she stays happy and healthy! (odds are she will.) legal disclaimer: I am providing this general and basic information as a public service and my response to this question does not constitute a doctor-patient relationship. For any additional information, advice, or specific concerns, please speak with your own physician. The information provided is current as of the date of the answer entry.
Secondary Cancers. The literature suggests that successfully treated all patients, who did not have radiotherapy, are at no increased risk for secondary cancers. With radiation, the risk has been cited as as much as 20-fold.
Hi please give me any information u know about alternative acute lymphoblastic leukemia treatment in mexico?
Unknown. I would strongly suggest not using alternative treatments outside the country if your disease has not been previously treated. There is no published data suggesting that alternative therapies are advantageous. Speak with your physician prior to embarking on any such alternative treatment. Consider speaking with cancer centers of america for additional treatment ideas.
They do not work... Unfortunately alternative medicines do not work in leukemia, or other cancers for that matter. There are many doctors and other "health care providers" that offer alternative treatment to cancer patients, many times in other countries to side-step laws protecting patients. I would be very wary of these treatments. Most are out to make money, not help patients.
Cruel scams. Forgive me. These fake clinics have been around for decades. These people prey on the vain hopes and fears of people in crisis. The proprietors claim to be persecuted geniuses and humanitarians. When the Rx's fail, they'll blame you. ("If only you hadn't eaten junk food.") They bring money into Mexico so the government tolerates them. Would you go there to buy anything else of real value?
What does it mean to have moderate Ovalocytes, few Tear drops and few Macrocytes? While in maintenance therapy for acute lymphoblastic leukemia?
These are terms. That describe the shape and size of Red Blood Cells. You describe treatment for ALL (acute lymphoblastic leukemia), which is a problem with abnormal proliferation of dysfunctional white blood cells. Both are produced in bone marrow. Discuss these finding with your hematologist in the context of your case. In the meantime, realize anything that affects bone marrow also affects the RBC's production.
The non drug treatments for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia include: Intravenous fluids, Supportive care, Transfusions, Chemotherapy, Stem cell transplantation.
I have a son who is getting treated for acute lymphoblastic leukemia. I want to plan for a second child but am afraid if he also gets the same?????
ALL in sibling. There is an increased risk of a sibling developing ALL. I would discuss everything with a geneticist and allow them to give you specific numbers. Also, the positive side is that a sibling creates a close possible bone marrow (stem cell) match. Be sure if you do go ahead with a second pregnancy, to harvest stem cells.
Dear doctor, could you give me the median survival in early 80, s for elderly acute lymphoblastic leukemia, ? I I am having difficulty finding these statistics. Are we making any progress in the elderly with this type of leukemia? Thanks in advance.
ALL. Unfortunately the survival for elderly patients with all is limited due to the intensity of the therapy needed. Patients with philadelphia chromosome positive disease may respond well to tyrosine kinase inhibitors. Without further details it is difficult to answer thus question but the survival average is generally less than 1 year for somebody in their 80's.
Not too good... Age older than 60 years is one of the adverse prognostic indicators for adult acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The presence of the philadelphia chromosome, mll gene rearrangement, WBC over 100, 000/microliter, and failure to achieve remission after 4 weeks of therapy are other poor prognostic factors. Overall, only 20-40% of adults are cured and these are usually the ones without adverse factors.
It is not. Methotrexate is given by intravenous infusion, or by needle into the spinal fluid.
Can Philadelphia chromosome positive Chronic Myeloid Leukemia turn into Pre-B-Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia?
No. You would have to be very unlucky to have a second clone of rapidly dividing cells which is a cancer. CML would not switch to ALL.
Lymph system cancer. Lymphocytes are normal cells of the immune system that protects the body from infection. When these cells become cancerous, they grow out of control in the bone marrow, blood and other organs. All is very common in children but can occur in adults. With children, it is truly one of our success stories thanks to clinical trials with cure rates above 90%. Adults do not do as well.
Cancer. Type of leukemia that affects lymphoid cells, bone marrow.
Blood cancer. All is a form of leukemia which in turn is a form of cancer, more specifically blood and bone marrow cancer. The word "acute" means it progresses faster, as opposed to chronic cases that usually have a slower progression. The word "lymphoblastic" means immature lymphoid and describes the type of malignant cell involved in this leukemia, as opposed to other types of cells, for example myeloid.
ALL. ALL is a type of leukemia that starts from white blood cells in the bone marrow, the soft inner part of bones. It develops from cells called lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell central to the immune system, or from lymphoblasts, an immature type of lymphocyte. ALL invades the blood and can spread throughout the body to other organs, such as the liver, spleen, and lymph nodes.