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This disease spread among the cells without control and can cause a major death to the patients. The type of leukemia and the age of the patient affect the survival rates for individuals with leukemia (Bozzone, 2009). The improvement survival rates through chemotherapy and bone marrow transplantation, the more long term illness must be handled by the patients relating to the treatment-related diseases (Agarwal & Thomas, 2008). In general, Leukemia can be described in three major categories which are type of leukemia, symptoms of leukemia and treatments (refer to Figure 1 in Appendix 1). The first major category of leukemia is types of leukemia.
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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.
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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.
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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. What is Leukemia?