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Questions and answers about leukemia

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      Leukemia is cancer of the white blood cells. It develops in the bone marrow and spreads into the blood and to other organs. There are several types of leukemia. They are grouped in two ways: by how rapidly the disease develops (acute vs. chronic leukemia) and by the type of blood cell involved (lymphocytic and myeloid leukemia being the most common). In acute leukemia, bone marrow cells are immature and are unable to function normally. The number of abnormal cells increases rapidly. In chronic leukemia, cells are more mature and can carry out some of their normal functions. The number of abnormal cells increases more slowly. The most common types of leukemia are acute lymphocytic leukemia, acute myeloid leukemia, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, and chronic myeloid leukemia. In children leukemia is the most common cancer, and acute lymphocytic leukemia is the most common type of leukemia. In adults, acute myeloid leukemia is the most common occurring type, followed by chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

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