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Myelogenous Leukemia

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Leukemia: Characteristics and Symptoms

 

There are a few types of leukemia. The most common type is myelogenous leukemia. 9 out of ten leukemia patients have myelogenous leukemia. All categories include the blood. Some cases, the tissue producing blood, marrow, is cancerous. However, most cases reflect a cancer of white blood cells. Acute leukemias are characterized by the presence of "blasts," which are immature white blood cells. These immature cells have a different shape than a mature cell. As we know, the shape of a protein greatly determines it's function. This is very similar to the white blood cell. Large quantities of blasts generally overgrow the bone marrow, leaving very little space for normal bone marrow cells. This type generally requires immediate treatment. Chronic leukemias are those characterized by a large and uncontrolled growth of more mature white blood cells. These types of leukemias tend not to progress as rapidly, and treatment is often milder than that of acute leukemias. Treatment is most commonly chemotherapy. The first symptom of possible leukemia is a sharp pain in the legs. This is a possible indication of poor blood circulation. Any time a sharp pain in the legs occurs, a doctor should be seen emediately. Only blood tests can verify the presence of leukemia.


Below is a view of a Leukemia patient's arm. This is a good example of how the misshapen cells burst blood vessels near the skin's surface.

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Below is a view of cancerous marrow cells. A dye is used to color the healthy cells purple. As you may notice, smaller, undyed cells cover the perimeter of the healthy cells. These are infected cells. Their proximity to the healthy cells effects the cells productivity.

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