Sensory Processing Diorder and Leukemia

Tiana - posted on 07/29/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I was wondering if anyone out there has ever heard of any research being done to see if there is a possible connection between Autism and Leukemia. I did hear that children who have Down Syndrome are more at risk to develop childhood cancers (Leukemia). My son is not autistic but exhibits many of the symptoms. He was diagnosed as having severe Sensory Regulatory Disorder (Sensory Processing Disorder) at 20 months. Then about a year later I find out that he also has cancer. ALL (Acute Lmphoblastic Leukemia) to be exact. It's been a year of chemotherapy and he has been responding really well. But I would def say that it has made his sensory issues worse because of all of the side effects of chemo. I couldn't take it at first. It was too much for me to handle but I quickly toughened up for him, because I have to be strong for him. So I am curious, how many families have been effected like ours? This cannot be some kind of coincidence!


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While at the cancer center where he receives treatment, I came across a mom and her son. She (the mom) was looking at my son in a curious kind of way (I'm used to that) because he was flapping his hands like he does when he is excited or anxious, and she asked politely why he was doing that. I explained that he hasn't been diagnosed as autistic but that he has S.P.D which can look very similar. She was very interested because her son had been diagnosed as having Asperger's Syndrome. He was diagnosed at 3 and then around 6 the family found put that he also had Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia! Same thing with my little boy, diagnosed as having something of a mild case of autism and cancer. How can this be!?!?!?

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Amy - posted on 01/19/2010

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My daughter was diagnosed with ALL just before her 2nd birthday.. she went into remission but relapsed a few months later at the age of 4 1/2. We went into a clinical trial and she finally reached full remission last june. she turned 6 in november. she had alot of nerve damage from all the chemo and radiation but had several people work with her to fix it. Just last week she was diagnosed by the OT as having SPD. I have done research every day since. Her Dr. did however say that because she was in a clinical trial..some of the drugs may have caused some of it.

Sarah - posted on 07/30/2009

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I haven't heard of anything like that. I just wanted to say that I think you are a very strong woman and mother. I'm glad your son is doing well with the chemo. I hope that other moms will chime in and have better answers for you than I do.

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