13 doctors weighed in:
Is leukemia ever contagious?
13 doctors weighed in

Dr. Richard Mcgee
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
4 doctors agree
In brief: No
In humans we have not demonstrated contagiousness in the usual sense of the term. In other animal species we are aware of several types of leukemia that are transmitted by specific leukemia viruses- usually species specific.

In brief: No
In humans we have not demonstrated contagiousness in the usual sense of the term. In other animal species we are aware of several types of leukemia that are transmitted by specific leukemia viruses- usually species specific.
Dr. Richard Mcgee
Dr. Richard Mcgee
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Dr. Agos Luca
Pathology
In brief: No
Leukemia is a type of cancer (blood/bone marrow cancer) and does not spread from person to person.
Some cancers have an association with infectious agents, one of the most well known ones being the epstein-barr virus (ebv) but the presence of the virus is not enough to cause cancer; other factors need to be present.

In brief: No
Leukemia is a type of cancer (blood/bone marrow cancer) and does not spread from person to person.
Some cancers have an association with infectious agents, one of the most well known ones being the epstein-barr virus (ebv) but the presence of the virus is not enough to cause cancer; other factors need to be present.
Dr. Agos Luca
Dr. Agos Luca
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Dr. Richards Afonja
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
In brief: No
It is not contagious but in some instances it could be inherited.

In brief: No
It is not contagious but in some instances it could be inherited.
Dr. Richards Afonja
Dr. Richards Afonja
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Dr. Ashok Patel
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
In brief: No
Human acute leukemia is not contageous.

In brief: No
Human acute leukemia is not contageous.
Dr. Ashok Patel
Dr. Ashok Patel
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Dr. Angelica Balingit
Internal Medicine
In brief: No
Leukemia cannot be transferred from one person to another.

In brief: No
Leukemia cannot be transferred from one person to another.
Dr. Angelica Balingit
Dr. Angelica Balingit
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Dr. Stanley Ostrow
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
In brief: No
Not contagious.

In brief: No
Not contagious.
Dr. Stanley Ostrow
Dr. Stanley Ostrow
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Dr. Alan Resnik
Internal Medicine
In brief: No
Leukemia is a cancer of the blood-forming tissues usually of the bone marrow and lymphatic system.

In brief: No
Leukemia is a cancer of the blood-forming tissues usually of the bone marrow and lymphatic system.
Dr. Alan Resnik
Dr. Alan Resnik
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Dr. Guido Tricot
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
In brief: No
Leukemias are caused by changes in the genes, not by viruses, except in a very unusual form of acute leukemia almost never seen in the USA.

In brief: No
Leukemias are caused by changes in the genes, not by viruses, except in a very unusual form of acute leukemia almost never seen in the USA.
Dr. Guido Tricot
Dr. Guido Tricot
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Dr. Edward Gold
Internal Medicine
In brief: No
Cancer is not a contagious disease.

In brief: No
Cancer is not a contagious disease.
Dr. Edward Gold
Dr. Edward Gold
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