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Bone Marrow trephine biopsy: Bone marrow involvement by acute leukemia of mixed phenotype, B/myeloid. Treatmen?


Age: 59 Years
Built: Average
What are the best options for treatment?
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Acute Myeloid Leukemia?


My grandad has Acute Myeloid Leukemia and has recently become a lot worse, has a rash all over him, spreading over his face. He is too ill to have next course of chemotherapy. Has anyone got any ideas what this is? And will he be ok?
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Does Acute Myeloid Leukemia effect you long term?


please help as soon as possible!!!!!!!!!!! i looked everywhere!! plzz plzz help me answer this
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YES...The side effects of the treatment for AML and ALL last a life time...but thanks to people like Lance Armstrong people/children will get more and more long-term follow up care...to manage and treat their long-term side effects.
Hope this helps...Some long term effects include..Chronic pain...nerve damage...the list goes on..and is worse when you through radiation into the picture...which I believe most AML warriors do have to have...

xoxoxox stephy  (+ info)

17 year old girl with AML(acute myeloid leukemia)?


Hi, i know a girl who has AML (acute myeloid leukemia) and she is 17 years old. what is her chances of surivival, like i want to know whats happening with her, does she have a chance of survival and what will happen if she goes into remissision or whatever it is called and will she go in to remission, please answer!? thanks.
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First of all, keep in mind that everyone and every case is different. There are no two identical cases and textbook cases are almost never seen. Stats on survival rates are difficult to predict because everyone is different and every case is different. Stats differ from type to type and between subtypes of leukemia so even if you wanted to know what they were it would be impossible to tell without knowing what exactly she has - although her oncologist should be able to tell by looking at a slide. I have purposely not looked at survival rates for AML leukemia (what my son has) because I think it would only scare me, it does nothing productive in his treatment.

An acute leukemia diagnosis (AML or ALL) is treated as a medical emergency and MUST be treated right away for the best chance of a good prognosis. When my son was diagnosed, he began inpatient chemotherapy within 36 hours. He ended up spending 49 days in the hospital just after diagnosis due to spleen complications and 2 rounds of chemo. Depending on the subtype of AML your friend's treatment may be different from my son's.

I'm sure her oncologist has already had and extensive conversation with her and her family but here are a few things you can expect. First, she will go through (or may be going through now) remission induction chemotherapy. This typically lasts 5-7 days and is usually on a 21 or 28 day rotation. She will have 5-7 days of an intense round of chemotherapy in order to try to put the leukemia into remission - meaning that it appears she has no disease left in her CBC after the round. She may have 1-3 rounds of this. My son has 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, she will most likely continue on the 21 or 28 day schedule (depending on the drugs she 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. She will probably have 3-7 rounds of this.

All through her treatment she will probably be feeling nauseous (my son takes Zofran to battle the nausea and vomiting), he has a lot of bone pain due to the chemo drugs attacking the cancerous bone marrow (motrin helps him 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. She will probably be receiving steroids which will rev her up, make her hungry and feel sick at the same time, or do what it does to my son and make his feel like her 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 2 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. I hope nothing but the best for your friend. If you have any more questions, feel free to email me ([email protected]) or send me an IM (crazycanuckj).  (+ info)

How can I get a genetic test done to determine if I am a carrier of the Leukemia genetic mutation?


My fiance' and I want to have children soon. He has been diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia and we both want to know if I am a carrier of the same gene mutation to determine if our children will be a carrier of leukemia.
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I do research on chronic myeloid leukemia, and I have never heard of anyone who had the Philadelphia-translocation (the mutation, which is thought to cause this disease), as an inherited mutation.
I am not aware of increased risk of leukemia in the children of CML patients. There are scattered reports of supposedly familial cases of CML, but that's it.
Your children may or may not get leukemia, pretty much like with everyone else. Right now, I don't see how anyone could calculate the odds.
But, I suppose, life is much more, than odds... so don't worry much, take care!  (+ info)

what is the prognosis for 65 year old with acute myeloid leukemia?


Not very good I'm afraid. Chemotherapy does help to delay the progress somewhat but unfortunately surgery is not possible as this cancer invades the blood.  (+ info)

Blood Cancer - Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML)?


Dear Sir,
I am an Indian National. I have been suffering from Blood Cancer (Chronic Myeloid Leukemia - CML) for the last 3 years. I have been continuously taking medicines & going for bone marrow test every six months.

Now as per my Doctors, this medicine is not enough to control the situation. Doctors says, there is continuous reduction of hemoglobin & chromosomes in my body. Doctors prescribed me now new medicince called “DASATINIB”

Please let me know the following:-

1.Name of the Countries, where I can get “Dasatinib” medicine.

2.Is it available in India or nearby countries? Please provide contact details (Telephone number & e-mail).

3.What is the approximate cost of “Dasatinib” per Tablet?

4.Treatment of Blood Cancer (Chronic Myeloid Leukemia) is very expensive and now out of my budget. I am a low income person & I can not afford expensive medicine as well as I can not pay for the treatment. Please let me know if there is any Charity or free Cancer Treatment Hospital any where in the World. Please provide contact details (Telephone number & e-mail).

5.Is there any Charity, who can provide me “Dasatinib” or free Cancer Treatment?

6.I have been working in Kuwait (Middle East). There is Free Cancer Hospital (KCC) in Kuwait. I have been getting free treatment of Cancer but Medicines I have to buy my own. Kuwait Cancer Center is giving free Medicines only for Kuwaiti Nationals but not for any other expatriates.

Your prompt & valuable advice will be highly appreciated on the above

Regards

Sachidanand Sati
From The State of Kuwait

Tel. No. 00965 – 99498601
E-Mail : [email protected]
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I have blood cancer too. I also work for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in the Desert Mtn States Chapter. Try LLs.org (school and youth program code EXT 7597) or email me and I will reply with my toll free office number.  (+ info)

Has anyone heard of getting Acute Myeloid Leukemia due to using certain chemicals such as Benzene?


My father was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia back in April 2006. As of today my Dad is in remission. Per my dads docter after asking general health questions on finding out where this Leukemia came from, he asked my Dad did he ever work around certain chemicals which are considered carcinogenic(cancer-causing agents). The doctor read a list off to my dad where Dad then spoke up when the name "Benzene" came up. Back in the late 1970s and 1980s by Dad used this chemical at the box companies he worked for in Chicago to clean dye off of the printing press machines.
Thanks for responding midnightmoon62,

Sorry you have AML also. My dad has never smoked a cigeratte in his life. My dad has told me how he used this Benzene to clean the dye off of the press machines. He remembers how he would get so sick sometimes after he would get home and his company would prescribe ibuprofen. Who should be held liable for this??
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Yes, benzene is definatly a cause. I am aml, and more than likely the benzene in commercail cigs is what got me.

Most benzene exposure comes from things like working in chemical plants, petro refineries/with gas, commercial cigerettes.

He would have to prove that is what caused his cancer though. If he has ever been around it anywhere else, or if he smokes/smoked/indoors with second hand smoke, legally or civilally there would be nothing he could do.

But, even if he cant do something like that, I still would research it. THe other chemicals he worked with, just how much he was exposed to. In a way its really kinda cool to go back and look at the process and determine a theory as to where the cancer came from. For some people, it can be very liberating, because even if they did cause it them selves (smoking for example) its such a relief to just KNOW rather than always wondering.  (+ info)

Is Acute Myeloid Leukemia genetic?


Cancer runs in my family, AML is what my mom died of. I want to know my chances. I know I have a higher risk.
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The 7 plus types of AML are thought to be acquired genetic defects - not inherited  (+ info)

need a real doctor to help with a note for my Acute Myeloid Leukemia. ?


to make a long story short I was diganosed just by blood test, with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, I do not have insurance and need to get a note for a huge refund at school because I am going to have to stop taking classes. My doctor will not give me any documentation because I owe them a large amount of money, they are just being jerks. Does anyone know a real doctor that will write me a legit note stating about Acute Myeloid Leukemia. If anyone knows of anyone that could help me out I would appreciate it.
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very interesting question....remember this: "Everyone has a boss" & if someone at your immediate school will not comply with this as a Doctor's note is paramount...even yo0ur Doctor has a boss.....the Medical Board! Illness is one thing that WIll aid you in getting your monies back....no matter how much you owe! I have been in a similar situation wherein my funding ran out for the Doctor and then I not only couldn't be seen by his particular clinic but couldn't then work as well.....it appeared that I didn't want to do anything...trust me I got it taken care of! Remember that even a boss has a boss....and there will ALWAYS be someone to help you in the way or ways that you need it....go to your nearest hospital for a patient Liaison rep...they are Wonderful and that will indeed be at the very least a start!!! My prayers are with you in this...get better soon!!!

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