What Is Acute Leukemia?

Q:

What is acute leukemia?

A:

Acute leukemia, also known as acute leukaemia, refers to a family of serious diseases that can be classified on the basis of the lineage of the cancer cells. However, some patients may developed several types at the same time. Therefore, sometimes it can be difficult to classify.

When a patient develops acute leukemia, the bone marrow cells are not likely to mature properly and continue to reproduce. Some types is treatable and curable, while others are not. However, if the disease is left untreated, the patient would only a few months.

Types of acute leukemia include:

  • Acute myeloid leukemia
  • Acute erythroid leukemia
  • Acute lymphoblastic leukemia
  • T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia
  • Adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma
  • T-lymphoblastic leukemia/lymphoma
  • Blast crisis of chronic myelogenous leukemia

 

Keywords: acute leukemia; acute leukemia cancer

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