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Forum Name: Leukemia

Question: Blood transfusions in chronic leukemia

 diploship - Tue Apr 05, 2005 1:10 pm


I was wondering if any one knows how often one needs blood transfusions with chronic leukemia (older person) and when this is going to be the only course of treatment? Is there any average of how often these blood transfusions will have to be given?
 Theresa Jones, RN - Sat Apr 09, 2005 6:03 am

User avatar Hi diploship,
There are different forms of chronic leukemia based on the cells involved. For example, CLL (Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia), CML (Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia), CMML (Chronic myelomonocytic Leukemia) etc. There is no standard guideline that I'm aware of that states for example, everyone with chronic leukemia receives a transfusion of blood or blood products once a month. Tranfusions are based on blood counts, patients symptoms, etc. Treatment depends on the type of leukemia and the stage of disease.


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