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The term leukemia refers to cancers of the white blood cells (also called leukocytes or WBCs). When a child has leukemia, large numbers of abnormal white blood cells are produced in the bone marrow. These abnormal white cells crowd the bone marrow and flood the bloodstream, but they cannot perform their proper role of protecting the body against disease because they are defective.
As leukemia progresses, the cancer interferes with the body's production of other types of blood cells, including red blood cells and platelets. This results in anemia (low numbers of red cells) and bleeding problems, in addition to the increased risk of infection caused by white cell abnormalities.
As a group, leukemia account for about 25% of all childhood cancers and affect about 2,200 American young people each year. Luckily, the chances for a cure are very good with leukemia. With treatment, most children with leukemia will be free of the disease without it coming back.
My grandson lost his battle with leukemia just shy of his 4th birthdate. As a family, we were lost as to the what's, where's, when's and who's. We made attempts to try and educate ourselves with all the literature possible that's readily at our fingertips. Thanks to the internet and listening from a Dr.'s point of view, we tried making some sense out of it all not to be clueless. This provided just a little bit of help when it comes to understanding some of the why's.
VISIT WWW.CHILDRENS.COM/CANCER TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF CHILDREN CANCER'S
PERHAPS, YOU TOO CAN FIND ANSWERS AS I DID.
THANK YOU, MARSHA JOHNSON
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