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What Is Leukemia? - Leukemia is a form of cancer that starts in the stem cells of the bone marrow that make blood cells. A bone marrow is the material that fills the center of most bones which is where blood cells are made. Leukemia is basically a blood cancer where the cells do not form properly. Leukemia is found in blood cells and since blood cells do not have chromosomes or DNA then they cannot divide or reproduce like somatic cells do. Blood cells form in the bone marrow and when too many blood cells form in the human body then Leukemia cancer is developed....   [tags: Leukemia Cancer Essays]
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Therapies for Leukemia Patients - Executive Summary Two promising therapies for leukemia patients are bone marrow transplantation and peripheral stem cell transplantation. Successful transplants require that two immunologic barriers be overcome: a host-versus-graft (HVG) reaction and a graft-versus-host (GVH) reaction. A myeloablative conditioning regimen, which involves a depletion of the patient’s immune system, usually precedes the transplantation of donor stem cells to control the HVG. However, twentyfive to 35% of patients undergoing bone marrow transplantation experience life-threatening transplant-related complications (Holler 1990)....   [tags: Leukemia]
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Educating a Patient to Fight Leukemia - Currently, in the Unites States there are more than 250,000 Americans living with leukemia. Leukemia is cancer of the white blood cells, which help your body fight infection. Your blood cells form in your bone marrow. In leukemia, the bone marrow produces abnormal white blood cells; these cells crowd out the healthy blood cells, making it hard for blood to do its work ("Leukemia," 2013). Fifty four year old Regina was just diagnosed with leukemia. Upon assessment I gathered that she has never smoked in her life, she has the occasional glass of wine and loves to go for walk and hikes in the mountains....   [tags: Leukemia Patient Education]
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Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia - No matter who it happens to, any type of cancer is heart breaking. However, one’s heart seems to crack a little bit deeper when you hear a child has been diagnosed. Several forms of cancer can arise during childhood. The most common is called acute lymphoblastic/lymphocytic leukemia (ALL). In fact, it is so common between the ages 0-14, that people refer to it as childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (Kanwar, 2013). . ( ). Around three thousand new cases of childhood ALL are reported yearly in the United States (Kanwar, 2013)....   [tags: cancer, bone marrow, lymphoblastic leukemia]
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Leukemia - Leukemia Leukemia is a cancer that has had a significant effect on our society and with the developments of new drugs it may become treatable. Leukemia originates in the blood-forming organs which may include the lymph tissue and bone cells. In a person with leukemia the rate and the number of cells produced is altered. This altering can become fatal, or with proper treatment it can be subdued. There are two main types of leukemia which include "total" and "differential." These are mainly characterized by the appearance of white blood cells....   [tags: Cancer Health Medical Leukemia Essays]
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The Science of Leukemia - Can you imagine if one of your friends, family or even yourself waking up or seeing people feeling really weak, when they can’t do anything because of low immune system, seeing their hair falls out day by day. Leukemia is a type of cancer of the blood or bone marrow (News,M.). It is where our blood is forming tissue. White blood cells fights for infection in our body, it gives us protection from any bacteria that comes in to our body. People who have leukemia suffer from an abnormal production of white blood cells or known as leukocytes (News,M.)....   [tags: stem cell transplant, cancer in blood cells]
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Treatments for Leukemia - Leukemia, a dangerous cancer but so many possible treatments to cure it. They all are incurable, but they can all be treated by five types of therapies and a certain types of blood transplant. The possible treatments are chemotherapy, radiation therapy, stem cell therapy, immunotherapy, and bone marrow transplants. Chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and immunotherapy require the use of radioactive substances to kill or stop the growth of the cancer cells in a persons body. Stem cell therapy requires the use of another person’s stem cells, platelets, and/or bone marrow....   [tags: teraphies, blood transplant, chemoteraphy]
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Taking a Closer Look at Leukemia - There is no way to prevent leukemia. (“Leukemia Facts”) Leukemia is often thought to be a childhood disease. (“Leukemia Basics”) No one really knows the exact cause of leukemia. There are certain risk factors that can increase chances that the person will leukemia. (“Leukemia-Topic Overview”) Leukemia causes about one-third of all cancer deaths in children under fifteen. (“SEER”) Leukemia is a cancer in the blood cells. Leukemia is located in the bone marrow. The bone marrow is where the cells are made....   [tags: cancer in the blood cells]
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Description of Different Types of Leukemia - Leukemia is a disease that can cause death. Leukemia is defined as the type of cancer in the blood cells that causes the cells to work improperly, usually affecting the white blood cells. It occurs when an abnormal increase of immature blood cell is produced compared to mature blood cell. Large numbers of abnormal blood cells produced caused the bone marrow to contain more abnormal cell, thus causing difficulties for normal cell to survive. This disease spread among the cells without control and can cause a major death to the patients....   [tags: blood cells, cancer, acute, chronic]
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Facts, Types, and Effects of Leukemia - Cancer is defined as the unregulated growth of abnormal, mutated cells in the body. Yet perhaps the more routine understanding of the disease is its seriousness regarding an individual’s health. Cancer comes in numerous differing forms that collectively hold cancer as the second leading cause of death in the United States according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. An array of cancers can affect any organ system in any person no matter the gender, age, or race. One chronic form of cancer is leukemia....   [tags: cancer, mutated cells, targeted therapy]
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The Draining, Heartbreaking Disease of Leukemia - Leukemia Cancer is a draining disease condition that is heartbreaking to have to watch a family member or friend go through. Never mind having to be the one to endure the pain and agony on daily basis if you are the subject of the painstaking disease. I have a personal story behind tis disease. I, fortunately, was on the family member side of the fence having to watch my grandmother go through this but unfortunate in having to watch her in agonizing, hindering pain everyday. I would have given anything to take it all away from her....   [tags: cancer, patent, nursing] 1358 words
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Leukemia: The Disease and The Treatment - Leukemia Leukeumia is a type of cancer affecting the bone marrow. Bone marrow is where platelets, red blood cells and white blood cells (Leukocytes) are made. (Medical Journal Dictionary)Leukemia is caused by the rapid production (Proliferation) of Leukocytes, and causes a build-up that inhibits red blood cells, and platelets from functioning and stops other Leukocytes from fighting infection. Because of the abnormally rapid production these cells are unable to mature or develop properly and are unable to carry out their functions....   [tags: Diseases/Disorders]
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Black Seeds as Treatment for Leukemia - The literature review was done to gather the information about leukemia therapy within last five years. The information was extracted via PubMed and James White library by inserting the following key terms: leukemia, treatment of leukemia, leukemia and black seeds, chemotherapy for leukemia, Nigella Sativa, black cumin as anticancer and therapeutic effects of black cumin. As noted in a review of the retrieved articles, different types of medications were used as treatment for leukemia. Many research studies were conducted in order to find a way to limit the progression of leukemia....   [tags: research, cummin, patients] 1727 words
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Leukemia: Cancer of the Blood - The river of life, the blood is the body’s primary means of transportation. Blood is a part of the hematopoietic system, which also includes lymphatic tissue, bone marrow, and the spleen. Blood is a complex transport medium that performs vital pick-up and delivery services for the body by picking up food and oxygen from the digestive and respiratory systems, and delivering those vital elements to different cells of the body. In exchange of the blood and oxygen, blood then picks up wastes from the cells for delivery to the urinary organs....   [tags: Diseases, Disorders]
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Leukemia - Leukemia is cancerous disease that starts in blood-forming tissue such as the bone marrow and causes large numbers of blood cells to be produced and enter the blood-stream (National Cancer Institute, 2008, para. 1). It is one of many complicated cancer diseases that affect all ages and have very negative outcomes if not treated properly, and on time. Within the disease are several different types that affect according to how quickly the disease develops and attacks the body. It could be classified as chronic leukemia, which has a slow progress of getting worse or acute leukemia which usually gets worse quickly....   [tags: Health]
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The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society - Introduction Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the worlds largest non-profit organization which funds blood cancer research and providing patient services and education. The LLS mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's lymphoma and myeloma and to improve quality of patients and there families. This is done by discovering new cures and making blood cancers a story of the past.The organizations national office is located in White Plains, NY. Leukemia and Lymphoma Society has local chapters through out the United States and Canada....   [tags: non profit organizations, blood cancer research] 1085 words
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Research Paper on Leukemia - Over one million Americans in the United States are living with or have been diagnosed with leukemia. That’s a big amount of people. I chose to do my research paper on leukemia because two years ago I lost my grandma to the cancer. I wanted to know more about the disease and what was happening to her. I researched the different types, risk factors, symptoms, treatment, and what kind of research is being done to help cure leukemia. Leukemia is a cancer of the blood cells that start in the bone marrow....   [tags: Cancer, Disease, Cells] 649 words
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Leukemia And Stem Cells - Today, the topic of stem cells is a highly discussed, controversial one. It seems as though there is always something being said about new findings in stem cell research and what will be done with the newly-found information. One of the most conversed aspects of stem cell research is how stem cells can be used to treat potentially life-threatening conditions. Leukemia is one of the conditions being researched along with how stem cell therapy could help benefit the patients with it. In order to fully understand what is going on in the world of stem cell and leukemia research, one must first know what stem cells are and what leukemia is....   [tags: medicine, stem cell]
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Interferon Treatment for Leukemia - Abnormal blood cells produced in the bone marrow develop into a cancerous disease called leukemia. The rapid increase in these abnormal blood cells reduce the function of normal blood cells, which later becomes a life-threatening situation. There are various types of leukemia, depending on the type of blood cells involved, and therapy differs for each type. Interferon treatment is not the first line of treatment for leukemia but it helps improve the body's defense against cancer cells, induces remission, and increases survival rates....   [tags: patients, imatinib]
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Leukemia Cancer - Leukemia is a type of cancer that affects the white blood cells in the human body. White blood cells are produce in the bone marrow and normally attack, kill, and fight off foreign invader. However, the bone marrow can produce abnormal white blood cells that vary in size and develop immaturely. These cells are known as leukemia cells, which increase in a large mass of number pushing out and destroy the healthy cells. There are several types of leukemia cancers and they are acute lymphocytic leukemia, acute myeloid leukemia, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, and chronic myeloid leukemia....   [tags: Blood Cells, Treatments]
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Childhood Leukemia - The subject of this paper has been difficult to decide upon until a compelling, entertaining and moving story came to light. Friday, November 15, 2013, the entire city of San Francisco pulled together to give a child his wish, according to the Associated Press in many national news reporting agencies. The Make-A-Wish Foundation, is a “charitable organization founded in the United States that grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy”, (Wikipedia, 2013)....   [tags: treatment, Batman, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Batkid]
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The Most Common Types of Leukemia in Adults - In the United States, there was an estimated 310,046 people are living with or are in remission from Leukemia according to statistics gathered in 2013. Incidence rates for all types of leukemia developing in males are higher than in females; males are expected to account for approximately 57 percent of the new cases of leukemia. In all races or ethnicities, it is the tenth most frequently occurring type of cancer. However, incidence is highest among non-Hispanic whites, (13,600) while incidence is lowest among Asian and Pacific Islander populations (7,400) and American Indian and Alaska Native populations (7,300)....   [tags: health, diseases]
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Leukemia: From a Childs Point of View - "Cancer changes your life, often for the better. You learn what's important, you learn to prioritize, and you learn not to waste your time. You tell people you love them” (Siegel 1). When cancer hits, it hits hard. It does not give a break, it does not give a day off. It takes a special sort of person to beat this growing disease. Leukemia is perhaps the worst of all cancers to date. It is especially affecting children more and more in today’s society. One might ask how could a parent that loves their child with their entire heart could cope with seeing their child go through so much suffering....   [tags: Healthcare, Pediatrics]
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Battling Childhood Leukemia - Childhood leukemia is a devastating disease that often leads to death situations. One has to know that Leukemia is not just a word, but also a reality. “Over half of children diagnosed with cancer each year have leukemia” (Ruccione). There are many types of leukemia, but there four main types that appear among minors. Through this research, one will discover the different aspects of this cancer and in knowing this may help understand and learn about Leukemia more. Childhood Leukemia is a blood cancer that begins in early blood-forming cells that are in the bone marrow....   [tags: cancer in blood, devastating diseases]
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Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia - Acute lymphocytic leukemia is also called acute lymphoblastic leukemia or ALL. This disease is primarily when the white blood cell, WBC, making tissue releases too many undeveloped lymphocytes. The immature lymphocytes then collect in lymph tissues. The tissues swell which makes it harder for the bone marrow to produce other blood cells. If the bone marrow cannot function properly the red blood cell, RBC, count decreases causing anemia. The bone marrow also cannot create the platelets needed to cause clots, therefore resulting in the body bleeding and bruising more easily....   [tags: Disease/Disorders]
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Battling the Devastating Childhood Disease Leukemia - Battling Childhood Leukemia Childhood leukemia is a devastating disease that often leads to death situations. One has to know that Leukemia is not just a word, but also a reality. There are many types of leukemia, but there four main types that appear among minors. In knowing the different aspects of this cancer may help understand and learn about Leukemia much more. Leukemia is a blood cancer that begins in the bone marrow and white blood cells. The white blood cells help to fight infections in the immune system, but in Leukemia, the bone marrow creates abnormal white blood cells....   [tags: death, cancer, symptoms] 666 words
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Acute Myeloid Leukemia - When a person is diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, they will have many good questions. A question such as; how does the disease work, or what is the science behind the condition. How dangerous is the disease. What different types of AML are there and how are they different. What treatment option will work the best. But perhaps one the most helpful questions of them all may be: “How challenging is this disease to cure?” One of the easiest ways to measure the severity of a condition like Acute Myeloid Leukemia is to define it....   [tags: cancer of the blood and bone marrow]
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Chronic Lymphatic Leukemia - General Description Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) is slow-progressing or “chronic”, cancer of the blood and bone marrow. CLL is the second most common leukemia in adults and one of the four primary types of leukemia. Certain risk factors have been identified including age, race, sex, family history of blood and bone marrow cancers and chemical exposure. Most people diagnosed with CLL are white males over the age of 60. Occurrence increases with age and a marked increase after 60. Herbicides, insecticides and Agent Orange used in the Vietnam War have shown to increase the risk of developing CLL....   [tags: Health]
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Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia - Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia is the most common childhood cancer accounting for around 20-30% of all childhood neoplasms. Annual incidence rates vary worldwide between one and four cases per 100,000, primarily in children ages two - six years old (1). The disease is less common in adults, with only around 1,000 cases being diagnosed annually and with a significantly lower cure rate, rarely exceeding 40%. In turn, infants diagnosed under the age of one have an even poorer survival rate of 30%. Several studies in monozygotic twins and neonatal blood smears have indicated a clear prenatal origin for childhood cases, detecting specific genetic abnormalities in prenatal samples, which may act as...   [tags: Disease, Disorders]
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Linking Down’s Syndrome and Leukemia - Many times two diseases show links between themselves. One example of a link is Down’s syndrome and acute myeloid leukemia. Down’s syndrome is a chromosomal disorder, and acute myeloid leukemia is the most common form of acute leukemia. Patients who have both of these diseases have to be treated separately and differently than those who suffer from just one disease. The survival rates of DS-AML patients are exceptionally high, especially in young patients. As a patient’s age increases, their survival rating decreases, however, comparatively to survival rates of other cancer, their rates remain optimistically high even at an older age....   [tags: chromosomal disorder, genetic information]
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Large Granular Lymphocytic (LGL) Leukemia - Large granular lymphocytic (LGL) leukemia is an uncommon disease, characterized by a clonal proliferation of mature, post-thymic T-cells, typically CD3+, CD4-, CD8+, CD16+, CD57+ phenotype, representing constitutively active T-cells Less commonly, LGL leukemia is derived from CD3-, CD56+ natural killer (NK) cells. Clonal T-LGLs escape apoptosis by failure to respond to the Fas/Fas ligand (FasL) pathway. Activating mutations in the STAT3gene occur frequently in LGL leukemia, and may play a role in pathogenesis....   [tags: patients, results, discussion] 571 words
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Childhood Cancer-Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia - There are many discussions that remain in the world about what is the number one killer in children today, cancer; and Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia is one of the most common childhood diseases, more likely to occur in children under the age of fifteen. (Leukemia-Lymphoma) There are few adults that may end up getting Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia but the symptoms would be much harder to find than it would be in a child. Although cancer in children is getting to the point where it is becoming rare or well it may seem that way, one in every three hundred and fifty American children will start to develop the symptoms of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia just by the time they would reach the age of 21...   [tags: Disease]
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The Iportance of the CD8 Cell in Inmune Response - In the paper by Fung-Lung and colleagues, it was discovered that CD8 is a molecule crucial for the development of cytotoxic T-cells. They skillfully presented the implications of their results and convincingly concluded the importance of CD8 in immune response. Through the use of knockout mice, Fung-Lung et al. were able to demonstrate that disruption of the CD8α gene impairs the cytotoxic functions of T-cells and does not affect helper T-cell functions. CD8 has been and still is being widely studied in immunologic diseases, particularly leukemia....   [tags: curing leukemia]
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Leukemia: Treatment Through Biological Therapy and Chemotherapy - Leukemia is cancer of the body's blood-forming tissues, such as the bone marrow and the lymphatic system, and causes large amounts of abnormal blood cells to be produced and enter the blood stream (Mayo Clinic, 2013). Unlike normal blood cells, leukemia cells don’t die when they become old or damaged. Because of this, leukemia cells can build up and crowd out the normal blood cells making it harder for the body to get oxygen to the tissues, control bleeding, or fight infections. In 2013, more than 43,000 adults and 5,000 children and teens will be diagnosed with this disease in the United States (National Cancer Institute, 2013)....   [tags: cancer, bone marrow, blood cells]
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Leukemia - Leukemia Leukemia is a disease that affects blood-forming tissues, mainly bone marrow. Leukemia also affects the lymph glands and spleen. Leukemia causes the body to produce an extreme amount of abnormal white blood cells. This causes infections because the abnormal cells cannot stop infections like the normal cells do. Leukemia also causes anemia. Anemia is a disease in which the body makes less blood cells. This happens because the leukemic cells crowd the system. Leukemia also causes excessive bleeding....   [tags: Health Medical Cancer]
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Leukemia - Leukemia Leukemia is a disease characterized by the formation of abnormal numbers of white blood cells, for which no certain cure has been found. Leukemia is also conditions characterized by the transformation of normal blood-forming cells into abnormal white blood cells whose unrestrained growth overwhelms and replaces normal bone marrow and blood cells. Leukemias are named according to the normal cell from which they originate, such as Lymphocyte Leukemia. Lymphocyte Leukemia is where a Lymphocyte cell is transformed into a Leukemia cell....   [tags: Cancer Research Health Essays] 946 words
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Leukemia - Leukemia Leukemia strikes all ages and both sexes. In 1995 approximately 20,400 people died from Leukemia. The all time five year survival rate is 38%. This rate has gone to 52% in the mid 1980’s. Approximately 25,700 cases were reported in 1995 alone(American Cancer Society-leukemia, 1995). Leukemia is a form of cancer in the blood cells. Most forms of Leukemia occur in the white blood cells. These abnormal cells reproduce in large quantities and look and perform differently than normal cells(MedicineNet- leukemia, 1997)....   [tags: essays research papers] 798 words
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Leukemia - Leukemia Leukemia is a group of blood diseases characterized by cancer of the blood forming tissues. It was discovered in Europe during the XIX century when a group of doctors directed by John Hughes Bennett tested their patients and discovered their elevated number of white blood cells....   [tags: Papers] 888 words
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Does Down Syndrome Increase the Chances of Developing Leukemia? - ... According to the agency of Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, despite the fact that petroleum products contribute to the majority of benzene in the atmosphere, half of the total national exposure comes from cigarette smoke. So if out want to decrease the risk of getting AML in your later years try and not smoke to help yourself. Other cases that are risks to get AML are following treatments with chemotherapy and radiation therapy from other cancers.( Howlader 2010) Some sign and symptoms that you may be developing AML are a low platelet count which can cause patients to bleed....   [tags: chromosomes, cancer, genetics] 1106 words
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Leukemia and Its Treatment - Leukemia is something that we hear about a lot. I believe that people do not understand exactly what leukemia is and how dangerous it can be, I chose this topic to try to help them understand. In this paper I will explain what leukemia is and what treatments you can choose from to treat the cancer. Leukemia is a type of cancer. Cancer is a group of more than 100 diseases that have two or more important things in common. One is that certain cells in the body become abnormal. Another is that the body keeps producing large numbers of these abnormal cells....   [tags: Cancel Health Medical] 845 words
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Black Cumin Seeds as an Alternative to Chemotherapy - Introduction Blood cancer is a life-threatening disease that includes: leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma (American Society of Hematology). Leukemia is classified into myeloid and lymphoid leukemia. Each type has acute and chronic phases. Leukemia reduces the ability of white blood cells (WBCs) to fight infection (American Society of Hematology). In addition, leukemia limits the bone marrow’s ability to produce red blood cells (RBCs) (American Society of Hematology). It is one of the most common cancers in the world and can be treated by chemotherapy and bone marrow transplant....   [tags: Cancer, Leukemia, Treatment] 792 words
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Obinutuzumab is and FDA Breakthrough Therapy for Life-Threatening Conditions - On November 1st 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted approval to obinutuzumab (previously known as GA101), a CD20-directed cytolytic antibody for use in combination with chlorambucil for treating patients with previously untreated chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) (1). Obinutuzumab is unique because it is the first drug approved with the FDA’s Breakthrough Therapy designation, since the agency began using that designation in 2012 as per the requirements in the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDA SIA)....   [tags: leukemia, patients, immune suppresive] 1249 words
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My Sister's Keeper: Analysis and Comparing the Book to the Movie - Imagine that you just had your first daughter. From the moment you lay your eyes on her you can’t help but be overrun with joy and happiness. She grows up like a normal child, curious and playful. But one day she changes, she’s no longer vibrant and full of life. You then notice what seem like bruises on her back and take her to the hospital. The doctors there observe that she has a low white blood cell count and recommend that you see an oncologist as a precautionary measure. The diagnosis you receive is one you never could have expected; she leukemia....   [tags: leukemia, designer babies]
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Analysis of My Sister´s Keeper by Jodi Picoult - Kate Fitzgerald, a strong, brave, caring, but very ill teenager. At only 16 she is battling a rare form of leukemia. Kate may not tell this story but her cancer is the heart of this novel. Anna Fitzgerald (her younger sister) was conceived as a “donor baby” so that Kate could receive things like blood transfusions and platelets. In a turn of events Anna refuses to donate the kidney that Kate needs to survive, With Kate’s health deteriorating the family goes on an uphill battle with self-growth in all characters....   [tags: Death, Siblings, Leukemia]
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Describing the Patterns and Financial Cost of Hospital Resource Utilization by Children with Leukemia - ... The authors identified a previous study in which the research was also supported by. A gap in information was also stated as “more research is needed to determine the drivers of higher costs for children who die…targets for cost-saving interventions can be identified (2009).” The research article did not clearly state a hypothesis, but it was deduced that the total cost of both the inpatient and outpatient treatment of children with the two cancers identified was going to be very costly. Sample size was clearly identified to the readers as “the final sample consists of 223 children, ages 0-19, who had a first time contact for treatment for leukemia or CNS tumor at the clinical site betw...   [tags: article analysis, care, costs, survival]
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The Application of Microarray Analysis in Diagnosis, Treatment and Prognosis of Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML) - Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML) is a heterogenous disorder characterized by the inhibition of myeloid differentiation in hematopoietic progenitor cells.1 It is one of the most common types of leukemia among adults. This type of cancer is rare under age 40. Median age of patients with AML is 63 years.2 Clinically, patients present with fever, fatigue, and spontaneous mucosal and cutaneous bleeding, and frequently have opportunistic infections such as fungi and Pseudomonas.1 Most patients with AML achieve complete remission after chemotherapy and/or stem cell transplantation (SCT)....   [tags: Diseases/Disorders]
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Application of Microarrays in Diagnosis, Treatment and Prognosis of Acute Myeloid Leukemia - Introduction Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) is a heterogeneous disease characterized by clonal malignant hematopoiesis with a differentiation arrest and excessive proliferation of leukemic blasts.6 It is one of the most common types of leukemia among adults. This type of cancer is rare under age 40. The median age of patients with AML is 63 years.2 Clinically, patients present with fever, fatigue, and spontaneous mucosal and cutaneous bleeding, due to abnormalities in red blood cells.1 Opportunistic infections are also common, due to the lack of normal white blood cells.1 Most patients with AML achieve complete remission after chemotherapy and/or stem cell transplantation (SCT)....   [tags: Medical Research]
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Medicinal Industry: Serratia Marcescens - Serratia marcescens, a Gram-negative bacillus, was originally and solely considered a biological marker in the medicinal industry, due to its highly natural red pigment: Prodigiosin (Hejazi and Falkiner, 1997). The pigment has numerous roles within bacteria, which can be further translated into the pharmaceutical and medical domain. This bacterium naturally occurs in water, soil, on plants as well as in humans and animals (Khanafari et al, 2006), where it is deemed an opportunistic pathogen. S.marcescens is viable enough to flourish on standard media with the production of a pigment, which characteristically ranges from a red to a dark pink shade....   [tags: toxin, leukemia, red pigment]
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New Drug has Potential to Destroy Leukemia - New Drug has Potential to Destroy Leukemia White blood cells are the body's foot soldiers in its everyday battle against infections and diseases. Even when we are feeling well, they are working together in a carefully orchestrated manner to target and destroy dangerous substances in our body. Any disease that prevents the white blood cells from doing their job puts us at great risk for infection and illness. Leukemia is that kind of disease. It happens when our body's system for making white blood cells malfunctions, resulting in the uncontrolled production of abnormal white blood cells that cannot protect us against disease....   [tags: Papers] 1635 words
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