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Anybody knows how to cure acute lymphoblastic leukemia in natural ways (i.e, using herbal medicines etc.)?


Anybody knows how to cure acute lymphoblastic leukemia in natural ways (i.e, using herbal medicines etc.)?
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No, nobody knows of such a cure, although as the day progresses some people with no knowledge or experience of cancer may well answer by telling you of their favourite cancer cure - the one they read about on the internet which had lots of glowing and unsubstantiated testimonials.

These people mean well; but a warm, fuzzy feeling that 'natural' must be better and the ability to google do not a cancer expert make.

If there were a 'natural' way to cure any cancer, then that's what hospitals would be using. I can already hear the cries of 'Big Pharma' and 'profit'; this ignores the fact that in countries where people don't pay for their health care and cancer treatment costs governments millions, the same treatments are used.

This is because they are the treatments that have been proven to be effective in double-blind clinical trials. No guarantees are given - unlike in 'alternative medicine', whose practitioners and supporters will assure you that their restrictive diets, teas, potions, machines, seeds, soups etc WILL cure your cancer.

Any claims that natural substances that could treat cancer are ignored or covered up because they can't be patented can also be ignored; in fact it's common for synthetic derivatives to be made that are an improvement on the original, and it's also common to get patents on the methods of isolating or administering the substance.

So even if a pharmaceutical company couldn't make money directly from naturally occurring substance, if it were effective they could make plenty of money and get plenty kudos from developing a safer, more effective derivative. The chemotherapy drug Taxol is derived from yew.

But where something has have not been shown to be effective against cancer, pharmaceutical companies won't bother with it. They're after profits, after all.

The hard fact is there is no guaranteed cure for any type of cancer. I understand your desperation, whether it is for yourself or on someone else's behalf. When I was diagnosed with cancer I was determined not to have harsh conventional treatments, and I researched 'alternative' and 'natural' treatments day and night.

The result of my research was that I learned that no 'alternative' or 'natural' treatment had been proven to have cured one case of cancer, ever.

If you are tempted by anything claimed to be a natural or alternative cancer treatment, do a search on this site for information b efore you invest hope, money or (most dangerous of all for a cancer patient) time in something unproven, ineffective and possibly dangerous

http://www.quackwatch.org/  (+ info)

If my father passed away from Acute Myelogenous Leukemia, am I at risk for having it?


I have been constantly exposed to second-hand smoke all my life and I have many of the symptoms. I'm wondering if I should see a doctor.
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The second hand smoke exposure would add to your risk of lung and throat cancers but not AML.

AML by itself is not hereditary but there are several familial blood disorders that often progress into development of AML. So - unless your immediate relatives have a known blood disorder like Fanconi's anemia, Bloom syndrome, Down's syndrome or have a familial platelet disorder with predisposition for AML or a few other rare familial blood disorders then your risk of developing AML is pretty much the same as any one else's.

The main risk factor for AML is advancing age.

http://www.emedicine.com/med/topic34.htm

To evaluate your risk from second hand smoke you could get an elective spiral scan CT that is targeted to evaluate your risk from smoking or smoke exposure. If you do not have insurance they cost 325. cash in my part of the country and are not available at all radiology clinics as an elective procedure (without a Dr's referral). With a Dr's referral and insurance you can get this type CT done at any hospital or clinic with radiology facilities.  (+ info)

If a child has Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia cancer (ALL) can they continue with school?


Just wondering if it would be a good idea for my daughter to continue with school whilst she was getting her chemo done? Or would it stress her out?
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ALL is the most common form of blood cancer for people under 20. I'm 36 and was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma last January...in remission since April. I also work for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and my co-worker has an 11-year-old with ALL. He's been going through treatment for over 4 years. He also came down with the swine flu.

The problem with schools is that they are not constant on using Lysol on doorknobs and desktops. Kids pass germs so quickly and easily. Your daughter's immune system is being compromised right now so she has a better chance of picking up a virus, so you might want to think about keeping her home until after the flu season is over. After that, she will hopefully be strong enough to fight off the secondary viruses out there.

It's either that or send her to school with hand sanitizer and Lysol wipes, insisting that she wipe down every door knob, toilet handle, and desk before coming in contact with them. It's sounds extreme, but it's necessary when you have a compromised immune system.  (+ info)

what is the treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia found in children?


i need this for research.
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Treatment for ALL patients is individualized and will not be the same for every patient. Survival chances are highly individualized based on the progression of the disease, type and subtype of leukemia, the involvement of other organs such as the lymph nodes, spleen and liver, the treatment, age, cell counts, will to fight, and so many other factors. Once the patient is diagnosed he or she most likely started treatment within 48 hours. The treatment for ALL and AML is similar except for ALL treatment has an extra set of chemotherapy added onto the end.

First, the patient will go through remission induction chemotherapy. This typically lasts 5-7 days and is usually on a 21 or 28 day rotation. It is 5-7 days of an intense round of chemotherapy in order to try to put the leukemia into remission - meaning that it appears that there is no disease left in the CBC after the round. The patient may have 1-3 rounds of this. My son had a secondary AML leukemia that was most likely caused by the chemo he received as an infant for a Wilms' Tumour, nephroblastoma. His induction chemo failed twice but thankfully the third time he was put into remission.

After this, the patient will most likely continue on the 21 or 28 day schedule (depending on the drugs he is receiving) but the next set of chemo will be what is called consolidation chemo. It will be either fewer drugs, weaker drugs, or both. The purpose of this is to "clean up" the remains of cancerous cells left in the body after induction chemo. He or she will probably have 3-7 rounds of this.

For ALL (not AML) the patient will also receive maintenance chemotherapy after the consolidation chemo. From my understanding, since we won't go through this for E, this is typically done outpatient and goes on for up to 2 years but it is done for as long as the patient can tolerate it. It does, as the name suggests, maintains the remission and keeps the cell cycle in check.

All through the treatment the patient will probably be feeling nauseous (my son takes Zofran to battle the nausea and vomiting), and will have a lot of bone pain due to the chemo drugs attacking the cancerous bone marrow (motrin helps E when he isn't receiving heavy pain killers such as hydrocodone), and he's often tired. He gets worn out much easier than he does normally. He will probably be receiving steroids which will rev him up, make him hungry and feel sick at the same time, or do what it does to my son and make him feel like his heart is about to jump out of his chest. He has lost his hair due to the chemo but it doesn't seem to bother him much. He's 3 years old but he knows there's something missing from his head and whenever he has stickers he'll stick them all over his head to be funny or he'll draw all over it with a marker. He spends a lot of time in the hospital so we try to have things for him to do like watching movies and colouring books, big legos, and things that are fun for him to pass time with.

It's important to remember that a leukemia diagnosis is absolutely not a death sentence. It's treatable but you have to keep in mind that it does take lives. I know many children and adults that have gone on to live completely normal lives after getting their No Evidence of Disease (NED) status. Sometimes a patient does relapse but it is absolutely possible that a patient can reach remission and eventually NED status. There isn't a "cure" but it's generally accepted that after 5 years post treatment the leukemia is considered "cured."

I hope this answers your question, I think I've about run out of room here. If you have any more questions, feel free to email me ([email protected]) or send me an IM (crazycanuckj).  (+ info)

can you have a baby if you have acute myeloid leukemia?


Will it be a high risk pregnancy or would the baby not be affected?
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You mean pregnant with AML now? If so, then if less than 12 weeks, usually if patient does not terminate pregnancy there would be a very high risk of defects or more likely early spontaneous abortion due to toxicity of chemotherapy to fetus. If after 12 weeks, then chance for defects much lower if chemo given, but risk for complications remains higher than average (prematurity, low weight, miscarriage).

If you had AML previously, then your child overwhelmingly likely will be fine. There are very rare AML hereditary syndromes, but these are extremely rare. Biggest trouble can be just getting pregnant in the first place for patients.

God bless, best wishes  (+ info)

If polycythemia vera is diagnosed late, does that increase the chances of getting acute leukemia?


My dad's hemoglobin levels are critically high, and he is in severe pain...
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No it does not increase the risk of acute leukemia, but leukemia is certainly a risk in PCV patients. I'm sorry to hear that he is in pain, but the treatment is fairly simple, phlebotomy (bloodletting) coupled with aspirin to prevent clotting. There is also a new treatment available in late-stage clinical trials called a Jak2 inhibitor. About 95% of PCV patients have a specific mutation in the Jak2 gene that causes the Jak2 protein to stay on continuously, sending the signal to make more and more red blood cells. The Jak2 inhibitor will effectively shut off that signal and allow the PCV patients to return to normal hemoglobin/hematocrit levels. So ask your hematologist about that.  (+ info)

My daughter was just diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia?


How Do I cope with this, she was complaining about being sick, I feel like its my fault. She was complaining about not feeling good, then she was diagnosed. I know it's not my fault that she got this but, still. How do I cope?
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You'll find your own routine. At first it's pure shock, Leukemia is the last thing from most parents minds, and its certainly the last thing you wanted to hear. If every parents first thought when their child was sick was "LEUKEMIA" the oncology departments would be in disarray.

When something like this happens, first instinct is to find someone to blame, often people blame the doctors or themselves for not spotting it sooner, usually, this couldn't be further from the truth.

Make sure you keep thinking positively, i'm not sure how old your daughter is, but i'd try not to keep things from her, kids with cancer spend a lot of time thinking about things, they end up far more mature for their age than they might have been otherwise.

I'll bet you and your family will be amazed at how much strength you'll give each other at this time, it's hard now, but keep fighting and you'll do it.

A few hours ago, 30 odd people stood in the playroom of this hospital corridor and sang, cheered and cried, because an 13 year old girl, who'd been fighting Acute Myeloid Leukemia since she was 10 years old has been declared cancer free. And it happens all the time.

Kids are tough, i didn't think my daughter was strong enough to beat this, btu she's doing it. And i bet yours will too.

Best wishes, god bless.  (+ info)

my baby girl who was diagnosed of acute lymphocytic leukemia in 2006,now he is diagnosed w/ AML.this possible?


she was supposed to finished chemo sessions this feb.is it possible that another type of leukemia will develop in her?the doctor said it is another 3 years of chemo sessions.pls help me.
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Hey, it's all good for Bobcatt to suggest these things, and they may work, who knows? But seriously, would you be willing to risk your daughter's life on it? I know I wouldn't have with my little girl. And yes, what you are asking is possible.  (+ info)

What is the reason for rapid growth of immature white blood cells in acute leukemia?


That is not known of course, that would be the true origin of leukemia. We don't know why some group of cells start growing faster and faster, invading all the bone marrow and spreading outwards after. Sometimes is related to some kind of high exposure to radioactive activity as it was with the victims of nuclear bombs, but in other cases it is just unknown.  (+ info)

My dad was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, we are considering chemo and stem cell, which one is better?


He is treated in a Hospital in Australia at the moment.. any suggestion?
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I would do what the doctors tell me. They are knowledgeable if they have treated this before and know what would be best.  (+ info)

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