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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?

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.  (+ info)

a young child is diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia why is the infection a problem when her WBC count?

young child is diagnosed as having acute lymphocytic leukemia. Her parents cannot understand why infection is a major problem for Janie when her WBC count is so high. Can you provide an explanation for Janie’s parents?

Without getting too typical, the type of circulation white cell associated with the disease and where it gets it's name is actually lymphoblastic leukemia. The predominant cell is an immature type of white cell. It is a precursor to the lymphocyte. Although their number is high their function is abnormal. The cell is so busy multiplying that it can not mature and function like a mature white cell would.

The other aspect to that is due to it's increased number in the bone marrow which is where the problem lies, the other white cells that are needed for infections are also produced. They get squeezed out in a sense and so their numbers (the good white cells) can go down.  (+ info)

I have to research 'acute lymphocytic leukemia'. Does anyone know anything about it? ?

I'm researching acute lymphocytic leukemia and I need to know about treatment in severe cases when a bone marrow transplant is needed. When would the decision to carry out a transplant be made? What sought of bone marrow transplant waould take place. Also how long would treatment take before a bone marrow transplant would be administered? How long is treatment after having the bone marrow transplant?
Im getting really confused and I need as much help and information as possible.
---------- is the National Marrow Donors Program and I believe someone already posted the link to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

My leukemia is a different type, but the transplant itself tends to be the same for most people. The type of transplant used will depend on factors such as relapse rates, is the person is able to harvest their own peripheral blood stem cells and if they have a matching donor in the registry, if they are young enough that they have their own cord blood stored, or currently, if they are older, if they qualify for any of the dual cord blood transplant trials. The specific type of transplant used can change a couple things, but the transplant is more or less the same regardless.

The transplant is a very long treatment. Most patients are inpatient for about 6 weeks, and in daily out patient care for another 6 weeks and the average time period for full recovery is around one year.  (+ info)

What happens in the blood in a patient with acute lymphocytic leukemia?

I understand the basics of leukemia. I know it happens in the bone marrow and it affects the genes and cell structures of red or white blood cells and/or platelets.

But how exactly does a person die from leukemia? Is it safe to assume that the body runs out of oxygen because the red blood cells become too abnormal to carry oxygen around the body?

"Deb" is mostly right - but liver and kidney function problems are not as common as bone marrow failure. It is not true that the body runs out of oxygen because the red blood cells become too abnormal to carry oxygen. The red cells can still transport oxygen in acute leukemia patients

I can explain this simply for you.
The immature malignant leukemia cells reproduce without control and crowd out the normal blood cell production in the bone marrow - so red cells - platelets - and the various types of normal infection fighting white cells - cannot be produced. It's like weeds overgowing in a garden and choking out the good plants.

Roughly 2/3's of our patients die from infections because they don't have normal bacterial and fungal fighting white blood cells. We can't transfuse normal white cells effectively.

About 1/3 of patients with acute leukemia die from bleeding due to low platelets. We can transfuse platelets, but it's hard to keep up when people make none of their own.

Oxygen transport is not usually the problem - except for the acute bleeds at the end. We can transfuse red blood cells effectively.

So why can we transfuse red cells so much more effectively than platelets or white blood cells? Normal red cells last some 120 days. Platelets in healthy people last maybe 10 days at best - though transfused platelets usually only last a day or two. Bacteria and fungal infection fighting neutrophils (white blood cells) last a matter of hours. They need to be made daily by the bone marrow. It's difficult to harvest enough normal white cells from donors to transfuse and make a significant difference to help patients.

Bottom line - infections end the lives of most leukemia patients - bacterial, fungal, viral, or all of the above.  (+ info)

acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) how long does it take for me to start feeling good again?

hi i have (ALL) and i've in the the begging stages. im about 2 months into it. can any give me any how long is it going to be intil im able to grow my hair back and how long is this going to last?
i know this cancer is found mostly in kids. im 19 will i be able to be cured?

You should talk to your doctor about all of this. People who don't know the details of your illness couldn't possibly give you an answer. Your ninteen, talk to your doctor. Stay strong!! Good luck!!  (+ info)

What is the difference between acute myeloid leukemia and acute lymphocytic leukemia?

Does AML start in premature blood cells and ALL start in mature blood cells?

Some immature blood cells (lymphoblasts) do normally mature into lymphocytes while other immature blood cells (myeoloblasts) normally mature into various types of "granulocytes" and monocytes. When the lymphoblasts become malignant it results in acute lymphocytic (same as lymphoblastc) leukemia. When the myeloblasts become malignant it results in acute myelocytic (same as myeloblastic) leukemia.  (+ info)

how rear is it in a child that they have both acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) and acute myelogenous leukemia?

my friends sister was diagnosed with both of those leukemia's and apparently its rear. how rear is it and will she be ok?

Well it's very rare because they're both leukemias, and both acute, but they effect different kinds of white blood cells. She will probably need 2 kinds of chemotherapy, and possibly a bone marrow or stem cell transplant. Both are curable (AML is harder to cure than ALL), but if both have been caught early, it'll be a long hard and intense fight, but she can make it and live a totally normal life afterwards.  (+ info)

Does anyone have any good links for childhood acute lymphocytic leukemia?

I am working on a major paper, and I have several sources. I just thought that I would check here in case anyone knew of a site that I may have missed. Thanks in advance!

Hope these sites help. Good luck on your paper!  (+ info)

Is there any possibilities that a person suffering with acute lymphocytic leukemia will recover? ?

my loved one is suffering from this illness. I just want to know he will then recover.

Hi Jen C
Yes. There is hope of recovery or at least living with the chronic version of the disease.

Something to look into is the relationship between ALL and Vitamin D deficiency. I know this can get overwhelming, but I've listed some references regarding this connection.

Also, this site gives a good overview of types of leukemia, mainstream treatment and nutritional treatment:

Best of luck to you and your loved one.  (+ info)

If a child has Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia cancer (ALL) can they continue with school?

Just wondering if it would be a good idea for my daughter to continue with school whilst she was getting her chemo done? Or would it stress her out?

ALL is the most common form of blood cancer for people under 20. I'm 36 and was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma last remission since April. I also work for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and my co-worker has an 11-year-old with ALL. He's been going through treatment for over 4 years. He also came down with the swine flu.

The problem with schools is that they are not constant on using Lysol on doorknobs and desktops. Kids pass germs so quickly and easily. Your daughter's immune system is being compromised right now so she has a better chance of picking up a virus, so you might want to think about keeping her home until after the flu season is over. After that, she will hopefully be strong enough to fight off the secondary viruses out there.

It's either that or send her to school with hand sanitizer and Lysol wipes, insisting that she wipe down every door knob, toilet handle, and desk before coming in contact with them. It's sounds extreme, but it's necessary when you have a compromised immune system.  (+ info)

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