Leukemia is a cancer of the bone marrow tissues that produce white blood cells. Too many white blood cells are created. The type of leukemia depends on which type of white blood cell is being over-created (i.e. lymphocytes vs granulocytes) and whether it is acute or chronic. The ...

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Introduction: Leukemia

Leukemia is cancer of the white blood cells. White blood cells help your body fight infection. Your blood cells form in your bone marrow. In leukemia, the bone marrow produces abnormal white blood cells. These cells crowd out the healthy ...1

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Symptoms of Leukemia


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Causes of Leukemia

Leukemia is cancer of the blood cells. Most blood cells form in the bone marrow. In leukemia, immature blood cells become cancer. These cells do not work the way they should and they crowd out the healthy blood cells in ...2

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Causes List for Leukemia

Some possible causes of Leukemia or similar disorders may include:3

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Types of Leukemia

Different types of leukemia depend on the type of blood cell that becomes cancer. For example, lymphoblastic leukemia is a cancer of the lymphoblasts (white blood cells, which fight infection). White blood cells are the most common type of blood ...4

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Diagnosis of Leukemia

Diagnosis: Your doctor will perform blood tests to see if you have leukemia. Examining the bone marrow under a microscope will tell what type of leukemia a patient has. Bone marrow is collected with a needle. ...Source: MedLinePlus Magazine (NIH) ...5

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Genetics of Leukemia

One in every 100 children is born with a genetic abnormality that increases risk for leukemia, although only one child in 8,000 with that abnormality actually develops leukemia (8). ...Source: NCI (NIH)6 ...

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Misdiagnosis: Leukemia

Undiagnosed Chronic Leukemia: The early signs of some forms of chronic leukemia are quite mild, and may remain undiagnosed for some time.

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Treatments: Leukemia

What targeted therapies have been approved for specific types of cancer? Leukemia: Tretinoin (Vesanoid®), imatinib mesylate (Gleevec®), dasatinib (Sprycel®), nilotinib (Tasigna®), bosutinib (Bosulif®), rituximab (Rituxan®), alemtuzumab (Campath®), ofatumumab (Arzerra®), obinutuzumab (Gazyva®), ibrutinib (Imbruvica®), idelalisib (Zydelig®), blinatumomab (Blincyto®), venetoclax (Venclexta™) Source ...7

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  1. Source: MedLinePlus (NIH): medlineplus.gov/ leukemia.html
  2. Source: NCI (NIH): cancer.gov/ types/ leukemia
  3. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  4. Source: NCI (NIH): cancer.gov/ types/ leukemia
  5. Source: MedLinePlus Magazine (NIH): medlineplus.gov/ magazine/ issues/ summer08/ articles/ summer08pg11.html
  6. Source: NCI (NIH): cancer.gov/ types/ childhood-cancers/ child-adolescent-cancers-fact-sheet
  7. Source: NCI (NIH): cancer.gov/ about-cancer/ treatment/ types/ targeted-therapies/ targeted-therapies-fact-sheet

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