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Can a person with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) lead a normal life?

Q: One of my friend has recently been treated for acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), a type of blood cancer. He has gone through chemotherapy four times and everything seems to be under control. He is likely to be relieved from the hospital anytime. He got married recently. After the next day of his marriage, he was admitted to the hospital where this disease surfaced. Can he live a normal married life? Will he be able to work and earn his livelihood? Will his children be born normal? What would be the chances of their children getting this deadly disease?

A:The patient in question is a recently diagnosed and treated case of AML. Presently in remission. Further follow up is going to determine the future outcome. He can have normal sexual life but the wife should not conceive for the time being. A semen test could be done for the quality of sperms at a later point of time. If he maintains good strength and stamina he can take up a suitable job and definitely earn his livelihood. Nothing can be predicted regarding his offsprings presently.


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