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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. Read more...
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. Read more...
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? Read more...

My white blood cell count was 365000 when I was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (2012), how long would I have lived without treatment?

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. Read more...
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. Read more...

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. Read more...
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. Read more...

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. Read more...

What are some of the risk factors for getting Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia?

Risk factors. Exposure to high levels of radiation to treat other types of cancer Exposure to certain chemicals such as benzene, a solvent used in oil refineries and other industries and present in cigarette smoke, certain cleaning products, detergents, and paint strippers Infection with human T-cell lymphoma or Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) inherited genetic syndrome such as Down syndrome Being white Being male. Read more...

I was wondering what are some complications that can happen with all (acute lymphoblastic leukemia)?

It is a wide open ?? Your oncologist is your best guide in this battle. This disease(all) behaves very differently between children and adults. So we need to know who has the all, is it a child or an adult? The disease has high cure potential yet it requires chemotherapy for its treatment and that means tons of potential complications which you doctor can inform you about. Read more...
Infection,shock,coma. Acute lymphoblastic leukemia invades the blood and can spread throughout the body to other organs, such as the liver, spleen, and lymph nodes. But it does not normally produce tumors as do many types of cancer. It is an acute type of leukemia, which means it can progress quickly. Without treatment, it can be fatal within a few months. Read more...

I have a child with acute lymphoblastic leukemia?

ALL. I'm sorry to here about your child with all. Do you have a question? The cure rate of all has improved dramatically over the years and is one of the success stories in oncology fsupporting the rationale of continued research and iterative improvements in care. Read more...
Question please?? I'm sure you are under tremendous stress and have a million concerns. The next year is going to be very intense and require someone to be a 24 hour a day caretaker. There will be hospitalizations, procedures, pain and tears. The great news is that most types of ALL are now curable if you follow the oncologist's care plan exactly. Please ask friends, family, any support people to help out!! Read more...

What are complications for someone with acute lymphoblastic leukemia?

Many side effects. There are many potential complications for somebody with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (all). Some are related to the leukemia and some are due to toxicities of the treatment. Typical problems include infection, bleeding problems, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, mouth sores, hair loss, fatigue, and need for blood transfusions. There can be effects on fertility as well. Read more...