Leukemia



What is Leukemia? (scientific name of white blood cells)


Leukemia refers to cancers of the white blood cells. When a person has leukemia, a large number of abnormal white blood cells are produced in the bone marrow. These abnormal white cells crowd the bone marrow and flood the bloodstream, but they cannot perform their proper role of protecting the body against disease because they are defective. Leukemia cells are not like other regular cells because they grow at a much quicker rate. Even if there are too many of those cells, they still kept on growing nonstop.

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Types of Leukemia:

  • Chlorine Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)
  • Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL)
  • Chlorine Myelogenous Leukemia (CML)
  • Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML)



What causes it?


It Different leukemia have different causes:
  • Artificial ionizing radiation
  • Maternal fetal transmission
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Electromagnetic energy


What are the symptoms?

  • Poor blood clotting
  • Bleed excessively.
  • Pin prick bleeds.
  • Can be easily bruised.
  • Anemia
  • Will affect immune system

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How long do they last? Is it deadly?


Leukemia lasts until the person is completely cured or last for a couple of years. Every person who has Leukemia can last in different times.


Can it be cured? If so, how? If not, is there any way that we can at least treat it?


The treatment depends on what type of Leukemia the person has.
If wanted to get the most effective treatment, the patient needs to get treatment at a center where doctors have enough experience and are well trained so that they can treat leukemia patients. If the treatment has improved, the cancer completely goes away for at least five years after the treatment.


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Sources:

Name: Kids Health from Nemours
Title: Children Cancer: Leukemia
Date: --
http://kidshealth.org/parent/medical/cancer/cancer_leukemia.html


Name: --
Title: What is Leukemia? What causes it?
Date: March 27th 2009 (8:00)
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/142595.php