? asked in HealthDiseases & ConditionsCancer · 8 years ago

Do kids with Leukemia usually die?

I was at my little brothers baseball game and there was this 6 year old kid on the team that had to leave early because he had Leukemia. I don't know much about Leukemia so what is it? Do people with it usually die?

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago
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    Leukaemia is cancer of the blood, in easy terms the bone marrow becomes corrupt and produces immature white blood cells instead of mature white blood cells, because the cells are immature they die quickly not sustaining the body like mature cells & causing the marrow to mass produce, these immature cells crowd out the other cells, eventually the blood is made up completely of immature white cells causing untold complications such as fatigue, infection, internal bleeding & certain death.

    The most common childhood Leukaemia's are ALL(acute lymphoblastic leukaemia) & AML(acute myeloid leukaemia). ALL has a 3 1/2 year treatment protocol for boys, it's a long unpleasant process, survival rate for boys is lower than girls, overall 5 year survival rate is approx 85%, there are no survival rate statistics available past 5 years. There is also a 50% higher chance than the normal population of other cancers occurring 10-15 years later due to the heavy chemo protocol kids with leukaemia endure.

    The treatment protocol for AML is much shorter 6-8 mths but with heavier chemo's as AML is more aggressive, many AML patients relapse leaving a bone marrow transplant as their only hope of full remission, ALL relapse is also treated by transplant. Overall 5 year survival for AML is between 50-70%, this also depends on the subtype of AML such as APL which has similar survival rates to ALL.

    So your brothers team mate is going through a pretty hard time at the moment, this treatment is tough & very invasive, my daughter was diagnosed at the same age. I think it's great that you are asking questions to give yourself a better understanding of what this little kid is having to deal with, he needs everyone's support, nearly all my daughters friends died, we are very lucky to have her, there are many emotions these kids have to contend with as well, it affects every corner of their lives.

    Check out this link for info

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  • 8 years ago

    Both of the other answerers so far are wrong. There are different types of leukemia, but the most common kind in childhood is acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL.) With ALL, there is an 80-90% event free survival rate (depending on type of ALL and cytogenetics.) Most kids with leukemia do get better.

    Source(s): Work in pediatric oncology. Most of my patients have leukemia.
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  • 8 years ago

    Leukemia is a type of cancer.

    Basically, it creates blood cells that are toxic to your own body.

    If caught early the person can have a blood transfusion and be cured but live on medications. However 9 times out of 10 it's too late to cure by the time someone is diagnosed, child or not.

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    It's a slow and painful death with no cure, so yes. They will die no matter what. Sorry

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