Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Leukemia


(Blood cell cancer)

A bone disease characterized by the over production of white blood cells. There are multiple types including the following: acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML), and hairy cell leukemia. The severity of the disease depends on the cell type and whether it is the acute or chronic form.

Symptoms:
Bone pain, bleeding gums, easy bruising, fatigue, multiple infections, fever, rash, shortness of breath.

Treatment:
Treatment depends on the type of leukemia but may include: chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and or bone marrow transplant.

Blood tests will be done to measure the type and number of white blood cells. A bone marrow biopsy will be performed to establish the diagnosis.

Other Specific Tests:
Bone marrow biopsy