Leukemia

Kayla Jackson

Definiton

Leukemia is a type of cancer in which it effects your white blood cells. Another name for leukemia is blood cancer. In leukemia, cancerous blood cells form and crowd out the healthy blood cells in the bone marrow. There are many different types of Leukemia that exist. The type of Leukemia depends on the type of blood cell that has become cancerous. White blood cells are the most common type of blood cell to become cancer. But red blood cells that carry oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body and platelets which are cells that clot the blood may also become cancer. Leukemia can be the most common cancer from children under the age of 15. The other forms are mostly from adults over the age of 55. Leukemia can be either acute or chronic.

Cures

If you find out that you have Leukemia before it starts to get serious here are some ways to help. Treatment is highly variable. For slow-growing leukemias, treatment may include monitoring. For aggressive leukemias, treatment includes chemotherapy that's sometimes followed by radiation and stem-cell transplant. Treatment of acute myelogenous leukemia depends on several factors, including the subtype of the disease, your age, your overall health and your preferences. Remission induction therapy the first phase of treatment is to kill the leukemia cells in your blood and bone marrow. Chemotherapy is the major form of remission induction therapy, though it can also be used for consolidation therapy. Chemotherapy uses chemicals to kill cancer cells in your body. Consolidation therapy is aimed at destroying the remaining leukemia cells.

White Blood Cells

The white blood cells in your body fights the infections you get.

Red Blood Cells

Red blood cells that carry oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body and platelets which are cells that clot the blood may also become cancer.
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