Leukemia can have a major impact on a person’s life. Not only that, but it affects us both physically and also mentally.

The fact is that families of those who are sick also feel the pain of their loved ones, sometimes even more.

Leukemia is a form of cancer that affects both the blood and the bone marrow.

We all know what the bone marrow is: it is the sponge like substance in our bones that makes the 3 most important types of cells that a human has in its blood, and those cells are:

1. White blood cells (the infantry of the body that fights of diseases and viruses),

2. Platelets (they are the ones responsible for making the blood clot when it gets in contact with the air)

3. Red blood cells (to carry the much-needed oxygen and nutrients to the organs and other parts of the body).

Leukemia has four major types:

The patient may develop:

Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML)

Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL)

Chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML)

Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)

Each of the types can be very dangerous.

In the case of acute leukemia, the disease spreads very quickly throughout the body, because of the immature blasts that start replacing normal healthy cells in the blood and the bone marrow.

After a period of time, the bone marrow loses its ability to produce normal red and white cells as well as platelets.

Because of this, the patient becomes anemic and the risk of infection increases dramatically.

When there are too many platelets in the blood, instead of making the blood clot, they make bleeding very easily.

Acute leukemia tends to act very fast.

Chronic leukemia grows slowly making mature-looking cancer cells a very common sight in the patient.

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