Do bone marrow aspirations mean leukemia?

No. We do them for several reasons including evaluation for an abnormal cbc. Sometimes we are concerned about leukemia but the other reasons include the following: anemia, low platelets, staging of lymphoma, monitoring therapy. Hope this helps.
No. Blood cells are made in the bone marrow. An aspiration (and biopsy) is usually done to understand why there is a blood cell problem, or to stage a known cancer that can involve the marrow. Both benign conditions and malignancies can be diagnosed by this simple procedure.

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What to do about myelocytic leukemia 3) the bone marrow was filled with?

Your Hematologist ca. A blood specialist(Hematologist) can help you address this matter. further. Myeloid leukemia is typically a chronic disease for which recent treatments have made a major impact to control this disease. Please check with your Doctor whether you have CML(Chronic Myeloid Leukemia or AML(Acute Myeloid leukemia) as the prognosis as well as the treatments are different for these two disease entities. Read more...

Please explain why people have to donate bone marrow when someone has leukemia?

Leukemia. Is part and parcel of the bone marrow. A transplant with healthy bone marrow has a good chance of eliminating the leukemia, and by definition provides non diseased stem cells. Read more...

Did my child have leukemia from birth or it mutated in her bone marrow over the years?

Either. Cancer is a genetic issue, so it just depends when in her lifetime it was going to present itself. But is something she was born with. Read more...

How does leukemia affect bone marrow?

Yes. Leukemia is a cancer of blood cells and almost by definition includes the bone marrow. I can't think of an exception to bone marrow involvement in leukemia (although maybe some case report does exist...). Read more...

My cousin has leukemia, should I go to get my bone marrow tested?

No, just relax. Family history in leukemia plays a very minor role. Leukemia is of many types. Each type affects certain age with varying prognosis. Early symptoms and signs are fatigue, anemia, bleeding and/or infection. If you are concerned, just a simple blood count (CBC) will suffice. Be positive. Read more...
It wouldn't hurt. The chance of someone who is not a full sibling (same mom and dad) being an adequate match is very low for that specific donation. However, there are many people around the country in need of donations. If you are interested in donations for stem cell transplant, consider simply signing up with the national marrow donor program. You really can help save a life if you are identified as a match! Read more...

Leukemia is a type of cancer. So if it is then how does bone marrow stop the cancer?

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