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Do I Need to Start Treatment for ALL Right Away?

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Published on March 15, 2016

Dr. Ryan Cassaday from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, Seattle, Wash. talks about steps leading from ALL diagnosis to treatment. Cancerous blood cells can cause severe symptoms and could have a significant effect on how vital organs work. In some cases, a treatment can start within days from the diagnosis.

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Oftentimes when people are diagnosed with ALL they can have a lot of severe symptoms and also a lot of problems in how their other body functions normally work.  These cancer cells that are floating around in the bloodstream can have significant effects on how kidneys, liver, other vital organs work.  So, it’s actually quite common that when a person is first diagnosed with this they have to be admitted to the hospital right away for monitoring and management.  The treatment typically starts very quickly after the diagnosis also.  There are definitely exceptions to that, but because people are so sick, because of the accumulation of these cancer cells in very high numbers and the blood and in the bone marrow, we often have to start treatment within a couple of days of making the diagnosis which is fairly atypical in most of oncology.

Please remember the opinions expressed on Patient Power are not necessarily the views of our sponsors, contributors, partners or Patient Power. Our discussions are not a substitute for seeking medical advice or care from your own doctor. That’s how you’ll get care that’s most appropriate for you.

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