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Mini-Forum Leukmia

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Shawna Barbour

on 30 April 2010

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Transcript of Mini-Forum Leukmia

LEUKEMIA What is leukemia? Leukemia is a cancer that starts in the blood forming tissue, such as bone marrow & causes large numbers of blood cells to be produced and enter the bloodstream. there are 4 main types of leukemia acute lymphomic leukemia
Some of the symptoms that may occur if you have Acute Lymphomic Leukemia: Fever/Flu symptoms
Pale skin
Easy brusing
Slow clotting (easy bleeding)
Frequent infections
bone and/or joint pain chronic lymphomic leukemia The symptoms of CLL consist of: fatigue
feeliing of ill health
lack of energy
night sweats
loss of appetite
wieght loss
series of infections
constant, slow healing bruises
shortness of breath
feeling of fullness
ACUTE MYLOID LEUKEMIA For AmL, the symptoms are the same as ALL. CHRONIC MYELOID LEUKEMIA Signs and symptoms: TIRING EASILY
Another form of leukemia is called Hairy Cell Leukemia. The signs of HCL are:
frequent in fections
discomfort in the spleen area
sleepiness Treatment Options Chemotherapy This is usually the first choice when looking for treatments for leukemia. The chemicals used in chemotherapy work against the cells ability to reproduce and sustain itself. Biological Treatment
man made copies of protiens that help enhance the natural substances of the body Radio Therapy
this can kill a persons infected bone marrow when they are giving them a bone marrow transplant. Transplantation Radiation & Chemotherapy they are often combined in some standard treatments but can be used alone Surgery not often used unless the patient is already getting surgery Risks and Causes In 1993, about 10 per 100,000 Americans were newly diagnosed with luekemia. It's heartening that incidence rates of all leukemias dropped by 5.3% from 1973-1993. The drop was seen across genders and ethnic groups. Leukemia rates vary by ethnis background, gender and age. Caucasians are diagnosed more often than African Americans, Hispanics, and Asians. Men are diagnosed more often then women.
Recurrence Recurrence, or relapse, is the time when a disease returns to a person who has been in remission (disease free) for a period of 30 days or more following a treatment. Relapse may occur when the treatments don't get rid of all the leukemia cells.The leukemic cells sometimes become resistant to some treatments.Usually this happens when cells turn on certain genes that block the cellular intake of certain drugs and other related to them. This form of treatment isn't used very often but when it is, 9 times out of 10 it is successful. Althtough luekemia has been being researched since the 1900s, there is still no cure. But scientists are working, as we speak, to find one. Thank You!
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