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what is the difference between acute leukemia and chronic leukemia

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Chronic means over a long period of time, so chronic leukemias take longer to cure, and in general are harder to cure, but they are less agressive, and need less intensive treatment than acute leukemias do. acute means sudden onset, so suddenly you start presenting full on symptoms, whereas with chronic leukemias you may not show any symptoms for a while, while you actually do have it. But both can easily be just as deadly, and the final stage of chronic leukemias is just as agressive as acute ones.

    Source(s): 15 yr old CML (leukemia) patient
  • 1 decade ago

    The term chronic means that this is a ongoing condition.

    The term acute means it is of a short/recent duration.

    The terminology has no significance regarding the severity of a disease.

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