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Leukemia Treatment in Bangkok

Hospitals and medical centers in Bangkok, Thailand who treat Leukemia patients.
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Vejthani Hospital

Vejthani is a 500 bed private hospital that serves international patients from over 40 countries annually. The hospital has all necessary services to accomodate medical tourists.

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Leukemia is treated at Vejthani Hospital

Listed oncologists:

Dr. Wichit Arpornwirat

Medicine, Oncology

Dr. Yenrudee Poomtavorn

Obstetrics & Gynecology-Oncology

Bumrungrad Hospital

Bumrungrad International is an internationally accredited, multi-specialty hospital located in the heart of Bangkok, Thailand.

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Leukemia is treated at Bumrungrad Hospital

26 listed oncologists:

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Assoc. Prof. Wichean Mongkonsritragoon

Hematology
Oncology (Cancer)

Dr. Thongbliew Prempree

Radiation Therapy

Chaophya Hospital

The Chaophya Hospital is a JCI accredited, tertiary private hospital in Bangkok, Thailand, which has been in operation since 1991. It has an international department which offers a comprehensive range of supporting services to foreign patients.

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Leukemia is treated at Chaophya Hospital

3 listed oncologists:

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Assoc. Prof. Supatra Sangruchi

Oncology, Radiotherapy, Nuclear Medicine

Dr. Peerapong Intasorn

Obstetrics & Gynecology, Gynaecologic Oncology

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About Leukemia Treatment

This information is intended for general information only and should not be considered as medical advice on the part of Health-Tourism.com. Any decision on medical treatments, after-care or recovery should be done solely upon proper consultation and advice of a qualified physician.


What is Leukemia?

Leukemia is a condition where the blood-forming tissues become cancerous including the lymphatic system and the bone marrow. In other words, it is the cancer of the blood cells. There are different types of leukemia, and some exist in children while others exist in adults. Leukemia is mostly common with the white blood cells, which are the infection fighters. Normally, these cells grow and divide in an orderly manner, as the body requires. However, with leukemia, the bone marrow produces white blood cells, which are abnormal and do not function properly. These cancerous cells eventually crowd out the healthy cells in the bone marrow.


Types of Leukemia

The four main types are:

  • Chronic lymphoblastic leukemia (CLL)
  • Chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML)
  • Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)
  • Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML)

Symptoms of Leukemia

There are several symptoms, and they depend on the type of leukemia you have. These are:

  • Bone pain
  • Feeling tired without known reasons
  • Pain and swelling on the left side of the belly
  • Weight loss
  • Swollen gland in the neck, your groin, or your neck
  • Frequent fevers
  • Frequent nosebleeds, bleeding from the rectum or gums

As a general advice, do not ignore any symptoms as leukemia symptoms are vague and resemble other common illness.


Risk factors

These factors increase the chances of getting leukemia. However, some people get this cancer without these risk factors. They include:

  • Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML): Exposure to chemicals like formaldehyde and benzene
  • Chronic lymphoblastic leukemia (CLL)
    -Being of middle age, older, white, and male
    -Presence of a virus known as HTLV-1
  • General factors
    -Exposure to radiation levels
    -Conditions due to abnormal chromosomes such as Down syndrome
    -Radiation or chemotherapy used to targets previous cancer conditions

Treatment

The aim of treating leukemia patients is to kill these cells and facilitate the formation of new normal cells. Treatment will depend on your general health factors, stage of leukemia, and your age.

  • Induction Therapy: It involves the use of corticosteroids and chemotherapy and aims to kill leukemia cells available in the bone marrow and blood to induce remission. The procedure occurs in a hospital and lasts for about 4 weeks.
  • Consolidation therapy: The procedure uses more chemotherapy and sometimes includes stem cell transplant and some preventive treatment using radiation and chemotherapy. The procedure ends up killing all the leukemia cells present, though not detected via tests.The process does not require the patient to stay overnight at the hospital, but takes several months to complete the sessions.
  • Maintenance therapy: This process uses lower doses of chemotherapy than the other processes and prevents any of the remaining leukemia cells from regenerating. Treatment involves a monthly intravenous treatment with chemotherapy and pills.
  • Biological therapy: It involves the use of medications that help the immune system to recognize and attack leukemia cells.
  • Stem cell transplant: This is procedure undertaken to replace a diseased bone marrow with a healthy one. The procedure is preceded by high doses of radiation and chemotherapy to destroy the affected bone marrow followed by infusion of blood-forming stem cells.

Duration of procedure/surgery : Induction Therapy occurs in a hospital and lasts for about 4 weeks. Consolidation Therapy does not require the patient to stay overnight at the hospital, but takes several months to complete the sessi

Risks : Tiredness, nausea, loss of hair due to chemotherapy, mouth sores loss of appetite and bleeding, swelling it the injected areas for the infusion of IV therapeutic agents, headaches, fever, muscle aches, graft-versus-host disease where the donor and the patients’ blood cells and tissue reacts

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