white blood cells

What is leukemia?

Leukemia is a term for cancers of the blood cells. Leukemia starts in blood-forming tissues such as the bone marrow. Your bone marrow makes the cells which will develop into white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets. Each type of cell has a different job:

  • White blood cells help your body fight infection
  • Red blood cells deliver oxygen from your lungs to your tissues and organs
  • Platelets help form clots to stop bleeding

When you have leukemia, your bone marrow makes large numbers of abnormal cells. This problem most often happens with white blood cells. These abnormal cells build up in your bone marrow and blood. They crowd out the healthy blood cells and make it hard for your cells and blood to do their work.

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Results 1 - 10 of 155 for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
  1. Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (National Library of Medicine)  
    ... of acute leukemia. It's also called ALL and acute lymphoblastic leukemia. "Acute" means that it usually gets worse quickly ...
  2. Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is a fast-growing cancer of a type of white blood cell called a lymphoblast. ... Carroll WL, Bhatla T. Acute lymphoblastic leukemia. In: Lanzkowsky P, ... Hematology and Oncology . 6th ed. Cambridge, MA: Elsevier ...
  3. Childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) treatment is usually chemotherapy given in phases and determined by risk group. Radiation therapy, targeted ...
  4. Childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) treatment is usually chemotherapy given in phases and determined by risk group. Radiation therapy, targeted ...
  5. Childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) treatment is usually chemotherapy given in phases and determined by risk group. Radiation therapy, targeted ...
  6. Stages of Adult Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia From the National Institutes of Health (National Cancer Institute)  
    Adult acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) treatment options include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, stem cell transplant, and/or targeted therapy. Get ...
  7. Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia/Treatments and Therapies ... Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia ... Adult acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) treatment options include chemotherapy, ...
  8. Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia/Treatments and Therapies ... Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia ... Adult acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) treatment options include chemotherapy, ...
  9. Childhood Leukemia/Start Here ... Childhood Leukemia ... Childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) treatment is usually chemotherapy given in phases and determined ...
  10. Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia/Start Here ... Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia ... Adult acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) treatment options include chemotherapy, radiation ...
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