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Anonymous asked in HealthDiseases & ConditionsCancer · 1 decade ago

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?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    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.

    Source(s): adam.about.com/reports/Acute-lymphocytic-leukemia.htm
  • 1 decade ago

    Chronic actually means 'long-lasting' or 'persistent' (i.e. if you were having chronic pain, that means you're having it all/most of the time).

    I actually have no idea about chronic cancers, but what i guess your friend meant is that he hopes it won't be aggressive, and that it will be treatable.

    Good luck to your friend, i hope he turns out okay. Leukemia is quite treatable, again, i hope hes okay.

  • 1 decade ago

    google it ..its prety scary or can be..

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