leukemia

by hannah rose phillips

introdution

Cancer is one of the most diagnosed diease's in the world right know it has taken away many lives and ruined some to.But im here to talk about one of the most common cancer leukemia .Come and join me to find out more:)

what is leukemia

leukemia is a type of cancer in the blood cells (sometimes referred to as a blood cancer).Leukemias are grouped by how quickly the disease develops (acute or chronic ) as well as by the type of blood cell that is affected (lymphocytes or myelocytes). The four main types of leukemia include acute lymphocytic leukemia,chronic lymphocytic leukemia.acute myelocytic leukemia,and chronic myelocytic leukemia.

signs of leukemia

One of the first signs is pain in your bones or joints this means if you are starting to highly feel pain it could be leukemia or you could just be sore but if you really think it is leukemia check these other signs.The next sign is swollen lymph nodes,With this one if your lymph nodes don't usually hurt and they start to,that's not good just contact your doctor to see what could be wrong.The third sign is fever and/or night sweats,for this it could be many other things going on other than leukemia if you really think it could be make sure you have other signs too.My forth sign is feeling weak or tired if you are a big active person and out of no were you start to get tired and weak and just not a happy camper it could be a sign but if all your life you have been like this you might just be lazy.The sixth sign is bleeding and bruising easily.when i say this i don't mean if you get in a bad a accident and you are bleeding and bruising you have leukemia its if all you did was pick up a heavy bag and you start to bruise up or your finger nail rubs across your hand and you start to bleed.those are just some of the signs just make sure if any of these things are happening and they to start to increase make sure you tell your doctor right away.
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treatment?

treatment of leukemia depends on the type of leukemia, certain features of the leukemia cells, the extent of the disease, and prior history of treatment, as well as the age and health of the patient.Most patients with leukemia are treated with chemotherapy.Some patients also may have radiation therapy and/or bone marrow transplantation.Sadly there is no known way to prevent leukemia.

different types of leukemia

There are different types of leukemia, based upon how quickly the disease develops and the type of abnormal cells produced. Leukemia is called an acute leukemia if it develops rapidly. Large numbers of leukemia cells accumulate very quickly in the blood and bone marrow, leading to symptoms such as tiredness easy bruising, and susceptibility to infections. Acute leukemia requires fast and aggressive treatment.

conclusion

that ties up my presentation of leukemia,if you think you or a loved one might be showing these signs or reactions make sure you contact your doctor.We have gone over what leukemia is,different types,and signs if you want to learn more heres some websites listed below.

glossary

chemotherapy-also called chemo) is a type of cancer treatment that uses drugs to destroy cancer cells.

radiation therapy-is a type of cancer treatment that uses beams of intense energy to kill cancer cells.

bone marrow transplant-a procedure to replace damaged or destroyed bone marrow with healthy bone marrow stem cells.

chronic myelocytic -A slowly progressing and uncommon type of blood-cell cancer that begins in the bone marrow.

acute myelocytic-A type of cancer of the blood and bone marrow with excess immature white blood cells.

acute lymphocytic-A type of cancer of the blood and bone marrow that affects white blood cells.

chronic lymphocytic-A type of cancer of the blood and bone marrow.

lymphocytes-a form of small leukocyte (white blood cell) with a single round nucleus, occurring especially in the lymphatic system.

myelocytes-a young cell of the granulocytic series, occurring normally in bone marrow (can be found in circulating blood when caused by certain diseases).

acute or chronic-

    Acute conditions are severe and sudden in onset. This could describe anything from a broken bone to an asthma attack. A chronic condition, by contrast is a long-developing syndrome, such as osteoporosis or asthma. Note that osteoporosis, a chronic condition, may cause a broken bone, an acute condition.