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How long can someone with leukemia survive without treatment?

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How long can someone with leukemia survive without treatment?

Postby barris49 » Sat Apr 09, 2011 5:59 pm

Also, how will their condition change overtime?
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Postby edwald52 » Sat Apr 09, 2011 6:01 pm

That would depend on what stage they have. I know there are many people right now who are living their life, not knowing that they have cancer, might not find it for years, but continue to live a long time.
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Postby shen21 » Sat Apr 09, 2011 6:05 pm

It depends on the kind of leukemia. Acute leukemias progress quickly, and treatment is needed to start immediately (usually within a day or two of diagnosis.) Without treatment, acute leukemias could be fatal in weeks (less for some people... in rare instances, an acute leukemia may stay quiet for a couple of months before diagnosis.) As far as how their condition changes over time, what do you mean? Without treatment? I'd imagine that as the bone marrow fills with blasts, the person would have drops in platelets (causing bleeding) and red blood cells (causing fatigue and shortness of breath) and good white blood cells (leading to infection.) They'd likely have bone pain, enlarged spleen and possibly liver, and a multitude of other symptoms. Thankfully, the only time I've seen a person get that far with untreated leukemia has been in a person who relapsed multiple times and treatment was no longer an option.

Chronic leukemias progress much more slowly. There are people who are not treated for years once diagnosed with CLL, for example... they don't get treatment until it gets worse, and that can take a very long time for some people.
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Postby colston » Sat Apr 09, 2011 6:14 pm

depending on the type of leukemia.
If it is chronic leukemia, at first it doesn't cause symptoms.. but later on as the disease is progressing, patient may feel pain & bloatedness in her abdomen (due to spleen enlargement), difficult to sleep - night sweat, urine is cloudy and smell not good. Usually patient can't stand the symptoms and seek doctor's help at this stage.

For acute leukemia, in our observation: no longer than 1 month (without treatment).
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Postby gilpin » Sat Apr 09, 2011 6:15 pm

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