My boyfriend May have Leukemia can someone answer some questions for me?
My boyfriend has had anemia since a child and recently went to the doctors. They said he may have leukemia but they have to take test this Saturday and they will know 3 weeks after. If he does have it, is it curable? and what is the survival rate? Do you know anyone who has had leukemia and has been cured fully of it? What did they do to get rid of it? Please, all answers are very welcomed.
I am so sorry about your boyfriend. Yes,it can be cured. Sadly my dear Aunt Edith wasn't one of them. I can't find the stats for survival rates. But, medicine has come a long way. I pray all will go well. God be with ya'll!
I hope your boyfriend does not have leukemia - it isn't any fun at all. I don't really understand why his doctor is waiting to test him until Saturday and I especially don't understand why he won't know until 3 weeks later. If he's tested it will first be a CBC count which would have results within several hours, if not you will know within a day. If it is inconclusive or negative and leukemia is still suspected, he will have a bone marrow biopsy which will also have results within a day if something as serious as leukemia is suspected. Leukemia is treated as a medical emergency as every hour counts. Treatment will begin within 48 hours of diagnosis for the best chances at survival. My son was diagnosed last December and he began treatment almost immediately. Cancer in general is tricky, it may come back at any time but it can be put into remission. At the 5 year mark post-treatment, it is generally accepted as a "cure" although it still may come back. My son was put into remission after his third remission induction cycle of chemotherapy and he was given a complete remission status on his third birthday (October 3rd) this year. If he keeps his NED status until 5 years from now he'll be considered cured.
His treatment consisted of two steps - although it may be 3 if your boyfriend has a different type from my son. First, he had remission induction chemotherapy, then he had consolidation chemotherapy after he reached remission. Remission induction chemotherapy (often called induction chemo) typically lasts 5-7 days and is usually on a 21 or 28 day rotation. It is 5-7 days of an intense round of chemotherapy in order to try to put the leukemia into remission - meaning that it appears that there is no disease left in the CBC after the round. He may have 1-3 rounds of this. My son had a secondary AML leukemia that was most likely caused by the chemo he received as an infant for a Wilms' Tumour, nephroblastoma. His induction chemo failed twice but thankfully the third time he was put into remission.
After this, he will most likely continue on the 21 or 28 day schedule (depending on the drugs he is receiving) but the next set of chemo will be what is called consolidation chemo. It will be either fewer drugs, weaker drugs, or both. The purpose of this is to "clean up" the remains of cancerous cells left in the body after induction chemo. He will probably have 3-7 rounds of this.
For ALL (not AML) he will also receive maintenance chemotherapy after the consolidation chemo. From my understanding, since we won't go through this for E, this is typically done outpatient and goes on for up to 2 years but it is done for as long as the patient can tolerate it. It does, as the name suggests, maintains the remission and keeps the cell cycle in check.
All through the treatment he will probably be feeling nauseous (my son takes Zofran to battle the nausea and vomiting), and will have a lot of bone pain due to the chemo drugs attacking the cancerous bone marrow (motrin helps E when he isn't receiving heavy pain killers such as hydrocodone), and he's often tired. He gets worn out much easier than he does normally. He will probably be receiving steroids which will rev him up, make him hungry and feel sick at the same time, or do what it does to my son and make him feel like his heart is about to jump out of his chest. He has lost his hair due to the chemo but it doesn't seem to bother him much. He's 3 years old but he knows there's something missing from his head and whenever he has stickers he'll stick them all over his head to be funny or he'll draw all over it with a marker. He spends a lot of time in the hospital so we try to have things for him to do like watching movies and colouring books, big legos, and things that are fun for him to pass time with.
It's important to remember that a leukemia diagnosis is absolutely not a death sentence. It's treatable but you have to keep in mind that it does take lives. I know many children and adults that have gone on to live completely normal lives after getting their No Evidence of Disease (NED) status. Sometimes a patient does relapse but it is absolutely possible that a patient can reach remission and eventually NED status.
I hope this answers your question, and I hope nothing but the best for your boyfriend. If you have any more questions, feel free to email me (email@example.com) or send me an IM (crazycanuckj).
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