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Adult T-Cell leukemia

Adult T-Cell leukemia: Introduction

Adult T-Cell leukemia: A form of blood cancer affecting the T-cells which make up the body's immune system. The disease is caused by the HTLV-1 virus (human T-cell leukemia virus) which causes the proliferation of abnormal T-cells. The virus can be transmitted sexually and may lay dormant for decades. There are four subtypes: acute, chronic, lymphoma and smoldering. The acute and lymphoma subtypes have the poorest prognosis. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Adult T-Cell leukemia is available below.

Symptoms of Adult T-Cell leukemia

Treatments for Adult T-Cell leukemia

  • Chemotherapy, bone marrow transplant
  • Treatment dependant upon sub-type of disease - acute, lymphoma type, chronic or smouldering. Treatment is usually offered for acute, lymphomatous and non-favourable forms of ATLL. Treatments include:
    • Watchful waiting - for preleukemic phase, smouldering and chronic forms
    • Zidovudine - antiretroviral drug
    • Interferon
  • more treatments...»

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Adult T-Cell leukemia: Complications

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Causes of Adult T-Cell leukemia

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Prognosis for Adult T-Cell leukemia

Prognosis for Adult T-Cell leukemia: The disease generally responds poorly to treatment with death often occurring within a year of diagnosis.

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Definitions of Adult T-Cell leukemia:

A peripheral (mature) T-cell neoplasm caused by the human T-cell leukemia virus type 1 (HTLV-1). Adult T-cell lymphoma/leukemia is endemic in several regions of the world, in particular Japan, the Caribbean, and parts of Central Africa. (WHO, 2001) -- 2003 - (Source - Diseases Database)

 

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