Anonymous asked in HealthDiseases & ConditionsCancer · 1 decade ago

I have ALL or Acute lymphoblastic leukemia how can an adult get a childhood Cancer?

My doctors seem quite baffled about me having leukemia usually it only happens in young children I'm wondering if any one has had it and how you are feeling I feel great just tired my platelettes are up and so is my hemoglobin I've had one round of chemo so far just wondering how you made it through ~thanks

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  • Panda
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    You need to find a specialist that understands ALL if your doctors are confused. ALL is most common in children but also occurs in Adults. You can read about Adult Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on the National Cancer Institute site:

    Adult Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Treatment

    ACOR: Mailing list for adults with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia

    Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

    ACS: Overview: Leukemia - Acute Lymphocytic

    Hang in there and stay strong as you continue your treatment.

    Source(s): Experience. Teen son diagnosed with stage IV abdominal sarcoma.
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  • 1 decade ago

    I am sorry to hear of your plight but I think you need new doctors. About 1/3 of all acute lymphoblastic leukemia cases occur in adults and your docs told you it was a childhood disease?

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  • 1 decade ago

    I don't have what you're talking about, but sometimes diseases don't occur typically in everybody who gets them. Just because it's a cancer that typically comes up in children doesn't mean that an adult can't develop it. It's hard to know why one person's body will do something one way, but another person's body will do the same thing completely different. Sorry I really can't answer any of your other questions. Good luck with your treatments!

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  • 1 decade ago

    I am a 3 time cancer survivor.....chemo, radiation, etc....

    You make it through by doing whatever it takes to lighten your load...simplify your life, get help with daily living, etc.

    AND one of the best coping tools I have found is the American Cancer Society's Cancer Survivor's Network.

    You will find chat rooms and message boards there as well as information on treatment an other cancer issues, and meet some of the nicest people on the planet. We would love to have you join us.......just google acs/csn.

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  • ?
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Many survive leukemia and your chances are good in this day and age.

    Source(s): Life experience.
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    1 decade ago


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