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Is Myeloproliferative and lymphatic leukemia curable?

Hello, my dad he is 82 years old and has been sick for the past two years. He kept telling us the doctors don't know what he has. He recently told me he has bone marrow cancer. Myeloproliserapye loi &lymphatic leukemia ( not sure if I have the right spelling. He says the doctors can't treat him because the treatment would be worse than his illness and they could only guarantee at most a 10 percent chance that it would work. Anyways I am a bit confused and hope you could provide me with some info. His health seems to be getting worse. Thanks for any info you can provide.
Mon, 4 May 2015
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Hi,
Thanks for writing in.

Myeloproliferative disease is a condition affecting the bone marrow and usually changes are visible in the bones of the spine. Right now it is suggested to study the MRI scan of his spine if done earlier and if not doe then doing it important. The MRI scan will show the changes which might indicate any bone marrow pathology like myeloproliferative disorders.

If he has any problems associated to a particular bone then that needs to be investigated in detail. He might also require a bone marrow biopsy to know the exact nature of cells and confirm condition including myeloproliferative disorder or leukemia. If he has been consulting his doctor for two years then it is most likely slowly progressive. Any treatment and its suitability can be discussed only after making a confirmed diagnosis by doing bone marrow study and immunohistochemistry. Please do not worry.
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