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Anonymous asked in HealthDiseases & ConditionsCancer · 1 decade ago

Life expectancy for a Leukemia patient...?

What are the high and low life expectancies for a Leukemia patient... who doesn't know what type of Leukemia they have... and doesn't take treatment...?

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"I don't know. I bet a doctor would though. Why does this pateint know they have leukemia and is not seeking medical assistance? How about a court order?" She took an exam because she had a lot of bruises. She doesn't want to interrupt her life. What does a court order have to do with this?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Leukemia is actually a cancer of the cells that create blood cells, or the bone marrow. It isn't actually the blood cells, themselves, that are cancerous. Cancer of any kind is dangerous - there is no such thing as a good cancer. Leukemia takes lives of children and adults every day but at the same time, there are many survivors that are in remission and doing very well. The most common cancer for children and young people is leukemia, and the most common type of leukemia is called either Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia, or Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). How well a patient does depends on so many different factors including age, cell counts, what type and subtype of leukemia he or she has, the will to fight, and so many other factors.

    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." Without treatment it depends on the type of leukemia. For chronic leukemias such as CML or CLL, life expectancy will be much longer than for patients with acute leukemias such as ALL or AML.

    My son E was diagnosed with a Wilms' Tumour as a newborn, won his battle, and was recently diagnosed with Secondary Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML). AML is related to ALL but is still quite different. His cancer is most likely a secondary cancer caused by the chemotherapy his first time when he fought Wilms. E somehow passed his screenings he has every 3 months back in October but in the end of November we started to notice he wasn't quite himself, and he was diagnosed December 19th.

    There are lots of symptoms of leukemia but each individual is different. Some display some symptoms while others display other ones. E had a cold in November that he just couldn't kick. We took him to the doctor and he was given an antibiotic. He got a little better but as soon as he finished the antibiotic he got sick again. He usually has a couple bruises here and there since he is a 2 year old. His walking was greatly affected from one of the drugs in his first chemo cocktail so he trips and falls pretty often. But the bruising he had was more than usual - he bruised at the slightest bump. That's when we really knew something was wrong and took him to the doctor again. Once he was diagnosed we found out that his spleen and liver were enlarged - also symptoms of leukemia. Due to the extent of enlargement of his spleen, he had it removed after a round of chemotherapy. So far he has had 3 strong doses of chemo, 2 consolidation rounds, and he's labeled as being in remission! He still has 3-5 rounds of consolidation chemo left just to make sure all of the cancerous cells are gone then he'll have a bone marrow transplant when a donor becomes available.

    I hope this helped you out some, the most important thing to take from this is that LEUKEMIA IS NOT A DEATH SENTENCE. If you have any more questions feel free to email me (crazycanuckj@yahoo.ca) or IM me (crazycanuckj).

    Source(s): My 2 year old son is a warrior who beat a Wilms' Tumour and is currently battling Secondary Acute Myelogenous Leukemia. http://www.caringbridge.com/visit/warrioreli
  • 3 years ago

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    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    Leukemia Life Expectancy

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

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  • Baby
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    As with all cancers, they only publish data for survivors that have had a accurate diagnosis for the specific type of leukemia and it only includes people that have received treatment.

    Ultimately, all cancers are likely to be fatal if not treated

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    4 years ago

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  • 5 years ago

    Imtelestat, is the best drug on the market at this time for treating/potentially reversing certain forms of leukemia - myeloma. It is currently in early stage trials. The company that produces the drug is Geron Corp.

  • 1 decade ago

    Actually, the life expectancy for people with leukemia is relatively high compared to most cancers. However, it is much higher if the person revieves treatment.

  • 4 years ago

    what is life expectany if diagnosed with leukemia in children

  • 1 decade ago

    I don't know. I bet a doctor would though. Why does this pateint know they have leukemia and is not seeking medical assistance? How about a court order?

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