Leukemia (cancer of the blood)
[Media UK, 1998] Leukaemia boy,11, dies after a final kiss from mother
That drugs may cause leukaemia and other cancers without first causing a blood disorder serious enough to be diagnosed has been touched upon in some books but it seems there is a hesitancy to discuss this problem. That a chemical can cause leukaemia and other cancers without first causing a diagnosed blood disorder is shown very clearly in the case of the chemical Lindane, an organochlorine pesticide. Blood disorders like aplastic anaemia, leukaemia and other cancers are very well documented to be caused by this chemical and compensation has been paid to victims. Letters we have from the Health and Safety Executive and answers we have from questions to Government experts in questions in Parliament all confirm that this is so. This is evidence again that all the drugs, chemicals and radiation that are documented to cause blood disorders are also capable of causing leukaemia and other cancers. TOXIC OVERLOAD: BLOOD DISORDERS AND CANCERS RESULTING FROM EXPOSURE TO DRUGS, CHEMICALS AND RADIATION by Edward Priestley
It is estimated that there will be 28,700 new cases of leukemia in the United States this year (1999)...Some 21,600 persons will die from leukemia this year in the U.S http://www.leukemia.org/docs/leuk_rel/leukemia.html
The cause of leukemia is not known.
National Childhood Cancer society http://www.nccf.org/nccf/cancer/sndbites.html
80% of adult patients have one type of acute leukemia.
Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL/childhood leukemia/acute lymphoblastic leukemia)
Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) will account for about 3,100 new cases of leukemia this year. It is the most common form of the disease in children, with 1,300 new cases among children each year (with) 1,300 deaths from acute lymphocytic leukemia. There will be approximately 550 deaths from childhood leukemia in 1998. http://www.leukemia.org/docs/leuk_rel/leukemia.html
The overall five-year survival rate for children with acute lymphocytic leukemia now is 80 percent. http://www.leukemia.org/docs/leuk_rel/leukemia.html
Drugs used: vincristine, prednisone, doxorubicin, cyclophosphamide, cytarabineDi Mario FJ Jr 1990), Packer RJ Pediatrics 1990 Mar 85:3 353-60. Acute mental status changes in children with systemic cancer.
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML)
St Judes figures (40-50% 5 year survival?): Although approximately 80 to 90 percent of children with AML attain a complete remission (absence of leukemic cells), during initial phases of therapy, between 40 to 50 percent of children with AML achieve long-term remissions with chemotherapy.http://www.stjude.org/medical/aml.htm
Riley LC, et al Treatment-related deaths during induction and first remission of acute myeloid leukaemia in children treated on the Tenth Medical Research Council Acute Myeloid Leukaemia Trial (MRC AML10). Br J Haematol. 1999 Aug;106(2):436-444. [Record as supplied by publisher] PMID: 10460604.