The Patient's Guide to Leukemia: Understanding the Signs, Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Leukemia

The Patient's Guide to Leukemia: Understanding the Signs, Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Leukemia

by Nathaniel Edwards
     
 
Leukemia is cancer of the white blood cells. White blood cells help your body fight infection. Your blood cells form in your bone marrow. In leukemia, however, 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.

There are different types of leukemia, including:

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Overview

Leukemia is cancer of the white blood cells. White blood cells help your body fight infection. Your blood cells form in your bone marrow. In leukemia, however, 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.

There are different types of leukemia, including:

1. Acute lymphocytic leukemia
2. Acute myeloid leukemia
3. Chronic lymphocytic leukemia
4. Chronic myeloid leukemia

Leukemia can develop quickly or slowly. Chronic leukemia grows slowly. In acute leukemia, the cells are very abnormal and their number increases rapidly. Adults can get either type; childen with leukemia most often have an acute type. Some leukemias can often be cured. Other types are hard to cure, but you can often control them. Treatments may include chemotherapy, radiation and stem cell transplantation. Even if symptoms disappear, you might need therapy to prevent a relapse.

INTRODUCTION

CHAPTER 1: What Is Leukemia?

Leukemia Cells
Types of Leukemia
Risk Factors

CHAPTER 2: Symptoms & Diagnosis

Symptoms
Diagnosis

CHAPTER 3: Treatment

Watchful Waiting
Chemotherapy
Targeted Therapy
Biological Therapy
Radiation Therapy
Stem Cell Transplant

CHAPTER 4: Other Considerations

Second Opinion
Supportive Care
Nutrition and Physical Activity
Follow-up Care
Sources of Support
Taking Part in Cancer Research

CHAPTER 5: Life after Cancer Treatment

What Is "Normal" After Cancer Treatment?
Getting Follow-up Medical Care

RESOURCES

National Cancer Institute
The National Library of Medicine
National Network of Libraries of Medicine
Federal Depository Library Program
Healthfinder

GLOSSARY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940014493178
Publisher:
Digital Direct Ebooks
Publication date:
05/03/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
871,041
File size:
215 KB

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