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100 Questions & Answers about Leukemia

100 Questions & Answers about Leukemia

100 Questions & Answers about Leukemia

  • By: Edward Ball, Gregory Lelek

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ISBN: 9780763720384

Bind: Paperback

Year: 2007

Pages: 146

Size: 165 x 229 mm

Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning

Published in India by: Jones & Bartlett Learning Special Priced Titles

Exclusive Distributors: Viva Books

Sales Territory: India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka


100 Questions and Answers about Leukemia... fills an important need in improving the ongoing dialogue between the scientific community and the lay public.

—From the Foreword by Ronald McCaffery, MD

I am grateful that Dr Ball and his patient Gregory Lelek, have joined in the effort to share the questions and the answers regarding our quest for understanding leukemia. I found the format to be easy to comprehend, and most of all it covers the questions that have often come to my mind. 100 Questions & Answers About Leukemia does so much to give comfort and understanding of the treatments and the possibilities for life and caring for this disease.

—Marjore Klappauf, Leukemia patient



Whether you are a newly diagnosed leukemia patient, a survivor, or a friend or relative of either, this book offers help. The only text to provide the doctor's and patient's view, 100 Questions and Answers about Leukemia gives you authoritative, practical answers to your questions about treatment options, post-treatment quality of life, sources of support, and much more. Written by a leukemia survivor and a prominent physician specializing in treatment of leukemia, this book is an invaluable resource for anyone coping with the physical and emotional turmoil of this frightening disease.


Target Audience:

Whether you're a newly diagnosed leukemia patient, survivor or a friend or relative of either, this book offers help.



Part 1: The Basics

Questions 1-5 give the basic background information about blood, the immune system, and other cells involved in leukemia: What is leukemia? • What is blood composed of, and what blood cells are affected by leukemia? • What is bone marrow?

Part 2: Fads About Leukemia: Risks, Diagnosis, and Effects

Questions 6-19 describe the different kinds of leukemia that exist: what they are, who gets them, how they affect the body, and how they are diagnosed: • Are there different types of leukemia? Why is one called acute and one called chronic? • How common is leukemia? • How do you know you have leukemia? • What is neutropenia?

Part 3: Treatment

Questions 20-31 describe the different methods of treating each form of leukemia:

What is chemotherapy? • What is gene therapy? • What is anti-sense therapy? • What is a monoclonal antibody? • What is immunotherapy? • What is a clinical trial?

Part 4: Blood and Marrow Stem Cell Transplantation

Questions 32-49 describe the process of transplantation used to cure some forms of leukemia: • What is a stem cell transplant? • What is the difference between autologous and allogeneic transplants? • How is it determined which one is appropriate for my care? • How long after diagnosis should the transplant take place? • What are immunosuppressive drugs and who is likely to need them?

Part 5: Side Effects and Complications of Treatment

Questions 50-68 describe some of the side effects and complications of leukemia treatment: • Will I need blood transfusions? • What side effects might a patient experience with chemotherapy? • What types of infections do I need to be concerned about?

Part 6: Treatment Facilities and Healthcare Providers

Questions 69-87 describe some of the considerations in deciding upon where to get treatment and who to turn to for care: • Are doctors always right? • Do all hospitals perform all treatments? • Do caregivers get any training? • Can and should family members be caregivers?

 Part 7: Living with Leukemia

Questions 88-100 address some of the day-to-day issues that face leukemia patients and their loved ones: • How do you know if you are cured? • Will my child with leukemia grow up normally? • What are the patient's physical limitations after a bone marrow transplant? • What is the chance of the leukemia coming back? • Where can I get more information about leukemia? • Appendix • Glossary • Index


About the Authors:

Dr. Edward (Ted) Ball is Chief of the Division of Blood and Bone Marrow Transplantation at the University of California, San Diego. He is a Professor of Medicine and Programme Leader for Translational Oncology at the Cancer Centre. He was the first to treat patients with acute myelogenous leukemia with monoclonal antibodies.

Gregory A. Lelek, Professional Patient, is currently being treated by Dr. Edward Ball at Pearlman Cancer Centre at University of California at San Diego. He was diagnosed in June of 1997 with cronic myelogenous leukemia (CML). He has progressed slowly but successfully and is now cancer free.


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