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.