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What are the possibilities of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia relapse post treatment?

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Posted on Thu, 12 Nov 2015
Question: dear sir, my elder sister is Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia patient. she was digonised with this disease in 2006.She had under gone treatment in TATA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL IN XXXXXXX XXXXXXX all her medication stopped in 2009 and there after she is reported as cured and the disease is reported to be in remission stage. now i just want to know whether she can expect a normal life span or not.she can get married or not.what are the possibilities of ALL relapsing in her case. maximum life expetency for her
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Answered by Dr. Indranil Ghosh (45 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
possibility of ALL release almost zero

Detailed Answer:
Hi
Thanks for your query.

ALL usually doesn't relapse after so many years. But there is small chance of treatment related second cancers like myeloid leukemia, sarcoma, etc.

Some other treatment related complications are heart problems, lung problems or infertility. If no treatment related complications occur, her life span is expected to be normal.

She can surely get married, from medical point of view. But she and her partner should understand all these risks.

Hope this helps.
Regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Indranil Ghosh (16 minutes later)
her mansturation cycle is normal. she has been working as a state govt employee since 2011. our main concern is that whether she can maintain a good healthy life. as per our knowledge it is very hard to get cured from blood cancer. it can only be controlled by medication.so we are concerned about that.i just wish she live for 100 years
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Answered by Dr. Indranil Ghosh (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
not true that blood cancer can't be cured

Detailed Answer:
ALL can be cured in upto 60-80% patients. And as already 6 years past, relapse is unlikely. In ALL 95% of relapses occur within 5 years.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Indranil Ghosh (41 minutes later)
one of my class mate was detected with the same disease at the age of 8.now she is 28 years old and living a normal life with no trace of cancer,but my sister was affected at the age of 22.not in a young age. can we be confirmed that my sister is cured of blood cancer
after 6 years of recovery what are the possibilities of having a treatment related second cancer like myeloid leukemia, sarcoma etc? if it does happen what are the chances of a proper treatment as that of the earlier one
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Answered by Dr. Indranil Ghosh (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
after 10 years relapse free we can say cured

Detailed Answer:
Possibility of second cancers is low, around 1-3% but these are difficult to treat. Not so much chemo sensitive as the primary one.

But apart from those, a normal life span can be expected.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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What are the possibilities of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia relapse post treatment?

Brief Answer: possibility of ALL release almost zero Detailed Answer: Hi Thanks for your query. ALL usually doesn't relapse after so many years. But there is small chance of treatment related second cancers like myeloid leukemia, sarcoma, etc. Some other treatment related complications are heart problems, lung problems or infertility. If no treatment related complications occur, her life span is expected to be normal. She can surely get married, from medical point of view. But she and her partner should understand all these risks. Hope this helps. Regards