Ok I have a few questions about acute leukemia?

Well... it first started as I was going to my doctor for a physical for college then he noticed red spots on me so I got a blood test and blah blah, I have some sort of acute leukemia, but I don't remember which one he said, so later today i'm going to Yale to meet with some special doctor etc. But my question is anyone who has been diagnosed or knows information about it, what is the chances I would live, keeping in mind i'm 18, if I went for treatment and WHAT ARE THE CHANCES if i do nothing. Also I was wondering from experiences the prices people have to pay....? SO someone please help me out. Thanks.

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  • Panda
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    1 decade ago
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    There are two types of Acute Leukemia - Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL) and Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML). The word 'acute' means the symptoms can change and worsen rapidly. Both these types of leukemia can be treated successfully, however if left untreated the disease will progress rapidly and can be fatal.

    Here are some websites where you can read more about this disease:

    National Cancer Institute: Leukemia

    http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/leukemia

    Medline Plus: Adult Acute Leukemia

    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/leukemiaadultac...

    Leukemia and Lymphoma society

    http://www.leukemia-lymphoma.org/all_page?item_id=...

    The American Cancer Society has a resource page for those who do not have insurance and may need financial assistance:

    Medical Insurance and Financial Assistance for the Cancer Patient

    http://www.cancer.org/docroot/MLT/content/MLT_1x_M...

  • 1 decade ago

    I work with leukemia/lymphoma patients. I actually prepare their stem cells for their transplants.

    Your survival depends on a lot of factors.. what type of leukemia you have.. how aggressive it it.. etc. Can't really tell you much without more info, sorry.

    What I can tell you is this... You're life span will definitely be reduced if you do nothing! It definitely helps that you are young though.

    Good luck to you

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