Leukemia is one of the most commonly found cancers amongst Pakistan’s patients. It involves a maximum of children who are affected by this disease and are looking for leukemia treatment. Nearly 30% of the involved cases of leukemia are children of different age group. Abnormal white blood cell production by the bone marrow leads to this disease. It further has its types depending upon the kind of abnormal cell found in blood like myeloid or lymphoid cells.
In Lymphocytic leukemia, lymphoid cells get affected and cause leukemia.
In Myelogenous leukemia, myeloid cells get affected and cause leukemia.
Acute leukemia might quickly progress and require instant treatment whereas chronic leukemia takes time to progress and show its symptoms and hence can be monitored over time before starting with a particular treatment. Several cases of acute non-lymphocytic/ acute myeloid leukemia or ANLL/AML and chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) undergo the treatment successfully every year in India.
Although India is still striving hard to redefine the healthcare structure for more specialized and advanced treatments and others which are coming each day, however, Indian hospitals are fully equipped in every way to handle cases of ALL, AML, and CML.
How can Pakistan’s patients get leukemia treatment in India?
The Indian government has taken an initiative to make things easy for Pakistan’s patients by allowing Medical Visa. Moreover, India has turned into a global health destination so there is never a no to Pakistan’s patients for medical reasons. The process might require proper documentation and time to get things on track.
So Pakistan’s patients can now easily reach India for treatment and for further assistance and guidance there are numerous applications and websites available for helping medical tourists to find their best hospital.
Leukemia treatment involves chemotherapy session along with radiations followed by Bit procedures to cure the disease completely. In some of the rare cases, there occur chances of disease relapse but such complications can also be handled by the experienced doctors available in India.
What is the prognosis of leukemia in Pakistan’s patients?
Prognosis of this disease has its link with age, the presence of specific genetic markers, WBC count during diagnosis, and response towards treatment from the beginning. Majority of Pakistan’s patients seeking leukemia treatment involve children. Hence, all proper initiatives by the Indian government have been taken to support such Pakistan’s patients who reach out to India for medical help and treatment.
1) Q: How is leukemia treatment started for any patient?
A: In order to begin with treatment a proper diagnosis of the disease is required which involves blood and bone marrow tests. In these tests, significant values of immunological as well as cytogenetic markers are evaluated. If the presence of leukemia is confirmed than further tests for checking which other body parts are involved is done. Like lumbar puncture is done to locate leukemia cells in the cerebrospinal fluid of the body.
2) Q: What are the signs to look for the presence of leukemia in any person?
A: Some of the commonly found signs include:
• Abnormal skin bruising and pigmentation or patches due to red blood cell reduction in the body
• Malaise, pallor, bone pain
• Hepatomegaly, splenomegaly, lymphadenopathy etc.
3) Q: Is leukemia a serious condition? Is there any safe treatment available?
A: Yes, The disease can turn out to be serious if not treated on time. Since it might involve some serious infections and even complicate the situation by the presence of hepatomegaly, splenomegaly, and lymphadenopathy due to the presence of excessive white blood cells. Bone marrow transplantation followed by chemo sessions is till date considered to be the best option of leukemia treatment till date.