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.
A simple blood test. Is usually how it is discovered. A cbc. After seeing a hematologist a bone marrow test may be needed to confirm the diagnosis.
Bone marrow aspirati. Bone marrow aspiration is needed to make the diagnosis. Children usually will be put to sleep, doctor will insert a long needle into the bone (usually front or back of the hip bone), aspirate a small amount of bone marrow (looks like blood) and test it.

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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...

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...

What are symptoms of childhood leukemia?

Weakness, pallor. Leukemia causes a displacement of red cells and effective white cells by a malignant line of white cells that are not effective. The consequences are weakness due to lack of oxygenation, frequent infections, abnormal bleeding (like bruising in many parts of the skin, and sometimes bone pain. This needs immediate attention from a pediatric oncologist. Read more...
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...

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...
There are many. Symptoms of leukemia include fever, anemia (low red blood cells--causes paleness and tiredness), easy bruising or bleeding, bone or joint pain, limp, poor appetite, weight loss, irritability, enlarged liver or spleen, headache, seizures, frequent infections, swollen lymph nodes (glands), and shortness of breath. If you are worried, please talk to your child's doctor soon. Read more...
Leukemia originates. In the bone marrow, so when the cancer cells grow in this area they crowd out normal cells that should be produced. This causes anemia, bleeding/bruising, and infections/fever. Some children have bone pain from the pressure that the growth of the leukemia cells within the bone. Lymph nodes can be enlarged anywhere in the body (not always) and the liver and/or spleen can be enlarged causing pain. Read more...
Bruising,tired,pain. Common symptoms of childhood acute lymphocytic leukemia include fatigue/ pallor from anemia, increased bruising/ petechiae from low platelets, and bone pain from the marrow space filling up with leukemia blasts. Fever may be seen from the leukemia itself and/ or accompanying infection. Acute myeloid leiukemias often present with a more drawn out history of progressive illness/ wt loss in addition. Read more...

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...

What is the oldest age that you can get childhood leukemia?

Complicated. The most common "childhood" leukemia is acute lymphoblastic leukemia (all). All was uniformly fatal & now the survival is >80%. It is one of the great success stories of oncology. Teens & tweens have been found to benefit from "pediatric" chemo regimens more than "adult" regimens. A recent study www.Nature.Com/leu/journal/v25/n11/full/leu2011141a.Html suggested a benefit (w/ allo sct) up to 40yo. Read more...
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...