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Is it possible for someone to have leukemia and not anemia?

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Dr. Stephen Noga
Internal Medicine - Oncology
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In brief: Yes

Depending on the type of leukemia, this is possible.
For example, chronic lymphocytic leukemia is a slowly prgressive disease and it may take a while before the marrow becomes significantly involved to the point of affecting the red blood cells. Also, in the early stages of leukemia, anemia may not be present.

In brief: Yes

Depending on the type of leukemia, this is possible.
For example, chronic lymphocytic leukemia is a slowly prgressive disease and it may take a while before the marrow becomes significantly involved to the point of affecting the red blood cells. Also, in the early stages of leukemia, anemia may not be present.
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Dr. Michael Engel
Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology

In brief: Yes.

It depends upon the rate of leukemia progression.
If a leukemia developed rapidly, red cell mass may fall very little during that time, as the half life of a red cell is 100-120 days. Leukemias that evolve more slowly are more likely to have associated anemia, sometimes very severe. While not always true, slowly evolving leukemias often have a better prognosis because of their indolent nature.

In brief: Yes.

It depends upon the rate of leukemia progression.
If a leukemia developed rapidly, red cell mass may fall very little during that time, as the half life of a red cell is 100-120 days. Leukemias that evolve more slowly are more likely to have associated anemia, sometimes very severe. While not always true, slowly evolving leukemias often have a better prognosis because of their indolent nature.
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