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Acute promyelocytic leukemia help?

Acute promyelocytic leukemia represents 5-8% of AML in adults. The median age is approximately 40 years, which is considerably younger than the other subtypes of AML (70 years). this is the epidemiology of APML, does it mean that the approximate age is 40 when people get it, or the approxmiate age of people when they die from treatment of it? i had a bit of trouble understanding the word epidemiology.

The MEDIAN age is app 40. The median number is the number that seperates the higher half of the numbers from the lower half of the numbers.
So if I had these numbers

10 13 16 22 33 40 45 46 52 54 56

There are 11 numbers here, so if they are arranged numerical, the number in the middle, in this case the 6th number, is the median. So in this case, 40 is the median. BUT, the avg of this string of numbers is 35.7.
Here is wiki on median

The word epidemology just means the study of factors that contribute.
Here is wiki on the word epidemiology
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epidemology  (+ info)

I'm 16. How do I tell my friends I have acute promyelocytic leukemia?

My friends are all great. But I don't know if they will take me seriously if I tell them I have cancer. The doctors tell me they've caught it a little late, maybe too late... I could die any day, and I'm only 16. Help me...

I recently discovered that I have Uterine Cancer and it was a huge shock!
I didn't tell my family or friends and suffered in silence for a few months.
What makes it even harder is Im 26 and would have liked to have a baby next year... which now probably will never happen.

When I eventually did tell them, it was a huge weight that was lited off my shoulders and now Iam so grateful to have the support system that I have from them.

You can't do it alone, so you should tell the people close to you so that they can be there for you. trust me Im talking from personal experience :)

Good Luck with the journey ahead, I start Homeopathic therapy on 3 Feb.
Stay strong and always be positive!!!! God Bless  (+ info)

what is Acute promyelocytic leukemia?

i can not find anything that gives me a good enough description

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APL Cancer - Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia?

So when I look it up online, and in books, it explains it in terms that only doctors/nurses can understand. Can somebody, in plain English, explain this type of cancer to me? (I don't have it.)

Commonly called APL, a malignancy of the bone marrow in which there is a deficiency of mature blood cells in the myeloid line of cells and an excess of immature cells called promyelocytes. APL is due to a translocation (an exchange of chromosome material) between chromosomes 15 and 17 which is symbolized t(15;17). This translocation is not a mere marker of APL.

Basically:: When shit Hits the Fan Go get Checked Out.  (+ info)

What is acute lymphocytic leukemia in a chronic stage?

A friend was recently diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia but said that hopefully it'll be in a chronic stage. I have no idea what any of this means. I went online and was doing a little research but it said it effected mostly older people, and he's only twenty. I couldn't find anything on what treatment entails or what chronic stage means. Anyone deal with this on a first hand experience? Is a chronic stage good?

Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL)

There are four major types of leukemia. ALL is the most common type of leukemia diagnosed in children, and the least common type diagnosed in adults. About 5,200 people are diagnosed with ALL each year. Children account for two-thirds of these cases. In general, children with ALL have a better prognosis than adults. Most children with ALL can be cured of this cancer.
Symptoms of ALL include fatigue, pale skin, recurrent infections, bone pain, bruising, and small red spots under the skin. Doctors use various tests, including blood counts and bone marrow biopsies, to diagnose ALL.ALL is treated with chemotherapy and, sometimes, radiation. Children receive different types of chemotherapy regimens than adults. Patients with advanced cancer that has not responded to these treatments may need a stem cell transplant.  (+ info)

What is the best treatment for Acute Lymphocitic Leukemia?

What is the best treatment for Acute Lymphocitic Leukemia? Can you please give me the hospital names and the location where the treatment could be done?

Combination chemotherapy. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has reported a 5-year-survival rate of more than 90 percent for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).  (+ info)

What is type b acute lymphoblastic leukemia?

I just heard recently that my cousin has type b acute lymphoblastic leukemia and I was just wondering what exactly it is? what the symptoms are? what does it mean by type b? and can it be treated or can it kill you no matter what?

Thanks in advance.

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is a type of blood cancer. Other names for ALL are acute lymphocytic leukemia and acute lymphoid leukemia. Leukemia affects either B lymphocytes( a type of white blood cell) or T lymphocytes (another type of white blood cell). Immunophenotyping is used to find out if the patient's leukemia cells are B cells or T cells. Most people with ALL have the B-cell type or "type B". Immunophenotyping is a procedure that is used to identify a specific type of cell in a sample of blood, marrow or lymph node cells. This procedure can be important in helping to decide on the best treatment for your cousin.

The symptoms are: Aches in arms, legs & back, bruising for no apparent reason, enlarged lymph nodes, a low-grade fever without obvious cause, headaches, pale skin, pinhead-size red spots under the skin (petechiae, pronounced puh-TEE-kee-ee) (this is bleeding), prolonged bleeding from minor cuts and scrapes, shortness of breath during physical activity, fatigue and vomiting. But ALL can't be diagnosed by these symptoms alone because they're shared by other conditions as well.

I don't know how old your cousin is but ALL is the most common type of leukemia in children under the age of 15 although it can occur at any age. Most children who have had ALL have been successfully treated and cured.

In case you're ready to ask "How did he get this?" Research is still ongoing to pinpoint the precise genetic changes that cause a normal cell to become cancerous. And ALL starts with a change to a single cell in the bone marrow. The cause and the risk factors haven't been determined yet.  (+ info)

How long does one live if diagnosed to have acute leukemia?

My friend has been diagnosed to have acute leukemia. He was advised to undergo chemotherapy. I am wondering, what is the survival rate for this kind of disease? Please advise.

Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL): 64.6 percent survival rate
Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML): 19.8 percent survival rate  (+ info)

How Long Can A person Over the Age of 65 Live for with Acute Leukemia?

a few days ago we found out my gramps who is age 83 has acute leukemia , right now hes staying overnight at the hospital getting treatment and chemo....the first night (sept. 10)the docters said he might not make it...but my grampa is strong and he proved them wrong because today is thursay sept. 13 and hes alive...and it looks like hes getting better cuz the color of his skin is comin back to normal and his brusing is getting better...docters said that anyone 65 years and older have no chance for a cure and they always give them impression like he's gonna die (he is 83)...Is it possible for him to love longer then expected? like a few more years? or even a few more months?

Anything's possible. Just pray that he's a fighter! If he wants to live longer, he will. Good luck to you and him.  (+ info)

what is the life expectancy for a 76 year old with acute leukemia?

My grandmother was recently diagonosed with acute leukemia...how long/what are the surviaval rates can she be expected to live?
shes a pretty active person...takes a weekly aerobics class, active outside, cooks, eats right. in pretty good shape.

Sorry to hear about your grandmother.

While there are no hard and fast rules, you will get more specific answers to this question if you know whether she has
ALL (acute lymphoblastic leukemia) compared with AML (acute myelogenous leukemia). In older people, ALL usually is the last stage of CLL (the chronic form), so she most likely has AML. You should expect that her survival could be as short as a few months. However, it is totally dependent on the subtype of AML. Some leukemias now are almost uniformly put in remission by drugs like Gleevec and 2-CDA, but these have very specific uses.

I've included a website here which should answer all of your questions, but try to find out the specific type of leukemia before you look at it.

Best of luck and health to you both.  (+ info)

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