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Leukemia a€“ Treatment for Curing it Fast and Effectively

Leukemia is a cancer of white blood cells. Normally the number of white blood cells that are produced equals the number that die off as part of the natural process of cell turnover in the body. This keeps the total number of white blood cells constant. In leukemia, white blood cells often multiply at an increased rate. It is also significant that the cancerous cells tend to live longer than normal white blood cells. Thus the number of abnormal cells increases, either gradually or rapidly, and this causes an over accumulation of leukemic cells throughout the body. These cells often interfere with the functions of various organs. And, because the cells are abnormal, they do not cope effectively with infectious agents that the normal white blood cells help to eliminate from the body.

There are two main types of leukemia, which affect different types of white blood cells. Lymphocytic leukemia is a malignancy of lymphocytes and/or the cells from which they originate. Myelogenous (or granulocytic) leukemia is a cancer of the cells from which granulocytes originate. Both of these leukemias may be acute or chronic. Acute lymphocytic leukemia mainly affects children; it is discussed elsewhere .


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