Understanding Leukemia


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Understanding Leukemia

Cancer of the blood is called Leukemia. Types of leukemia are named after the specific blood cell that becomes cancerous. There are 4 main types of leukemia in adults:

There are other, less common types of leukemia but they are generally subcategories of one of the four main categories. According to the National Cancer Institute, more than 40,800 adults and 4,500 Americans are diagnosed with this disease each year.

Leukemia More Info.

Leukemia symptoms click here.

Newly Diagnosed with Leukemia? Start your education here.

Vital to helping you understand your condition and manage your care is keeping track of important phone numbers, treatment history, side effects, and laboratory results, such as your complete blood count (CBC). Use these tools to help organize this information so you can be an active participant in your cancer care. Keep them handy for use at home and bring them along to your doctor visits and other medical appointments.

  1. Important Contacts
  2. Health and treatment history
  3. Copies of reports – Blood tests, Pathology reports, etc
  4. Calendar
  5. Progress
  6. Questions
  7. Insurance

Understanding Cancer – An Introduction

The word cancer refers to changes in the body’s cells that cause them to grow out of control. These cells can grow very fast and spread, eventually crowding out normal cells and damaging entire systems of the body.

Reliable Links

National Cancer Institute

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society