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 Is cancer considered a multifactorial trait? Explain?

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how did you find out that your child had leukemia?

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Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) is a fast-growing cancer in which the body produces a large number of immature white blood cells (lymphocytes). These cells are found in the blood, bone marrow, lymph nodes, spleen, and other organs. ALL makes up 80% of childhood acute leukemias. Most cases occur in children ages 3 - 7. The disease may also occur in adults.
A physical exam may reveal the following:
* Bruising
* Enlarged liver and spleen
* Signs of bleeding (petechiae, purpura)
Blood tests may show the following:
* Abnormal white blood cell (WBC) count
* Low red blood cell count (anemia)
* Low platelet count (thrombocytopenia)
A bone marrow aspiration will show abnormal levels of certain cells.
ALL may also change the results of the following tests:
* B-cell leukemia/lymphoma panel
* T-lymphocyte count
* WBC differential
If you are diagnosed with ALL, genetic tests will be done to determine the specific type of ALL. Doctors can look for chromosome changes in the cells of some leukemias. Leukemias with certain types of chromosome changes have a poor outlook, while those with other types of genes can have a very good outlook. This may determine what kind of therapy is used to treat the ALL.

My son's first symptoms started to show in the last couple days of November last year. He was diagnosed as anemic in early December. Leukemia or some other bleeding disorder was suspected so he was given a blood test in the morning on December 19th and diagnosed by the afternoon with AML leukemia. He started treatment overnight between the 19th and the 20th.

A timetable such as this is pretty common with the acute leukemias but with the chronic leukemias it may be months or even years before any symptoms show. In fact, there may be no symptoms present at all at the time of diagnosis through a routine blood test.

I hope this helped you out some. If you have any more questions feel free to email me (crazycanuckj@yahoo.ca) or IM me (crazycanuckj).

There is no good way for a doctor to tell a mother that her young daughter has an acute leukemia, but there are bad ways to do it. I hope the pediatric oncologist spent a great deal of time with you - answering questions and trying to allay some of your understandable fears and anxiety. Most of my time as a doctor was spent explaining things for patients and their families. These are diseases which frighten people; yet most childhood leukemias are very curable today.

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