What is leukemia?

  • (noun): Malignant neoplasm of blood-forming tissues; characterized by abnormal proliferation of leukocytes; one of the four major types of cancer.
    Synonyms: leukaemia, leucaemia, cancer of the blood


Leukemia (American English) or leukaemia (British English) (from the Ancient Greek λευκός leukos "white", and αἷμα haima "blood") is a type of cancer of the blood or bone marrow characterized by an abnormal increase of immature white blood cells called "blasts". Leukemia is a broad term covering a spectrum of diseases. In turn, it is part of the even broader group of diseases affecting the blood, bone marrow, and lymphoid system, which are all known as hematological neoplasms.

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Some articles on leukemia:

Leukemia - In Pregnancy
... Leukemia is rarely associated with pregnancy, affecting only about 1 in 10,000 pregnant women ... How it is handled depends primarily on the type of leukemia ... Nearly all leukemias appearing in pregnant women are acute leukemias ...
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Of Canada - Canadian Chapters
... In 2007, an estimated 4,200 Canadians will be diagnosed with leukemia 7,680 with lymphoma and 2,000 with myeloma ... The Leukemia Lymphoma Society of Canada was previously the Leukemia Research Fund of Canada ...
Clinical Leukemia
... Clinical Leukemia is a peer-reviewed medical journal published by CIG Media Group (Cancer Information Group) ... diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of leukemia ... scientific developments in all areas related to leukemia ...
La Jolla Institute For Allergy And Immunology - Cancer Research - Tumor Suppressor
... be important in myeloproliferative diseases and some types of lymphoma and leukemia ... by the bone marrow and include chronic myeloid leukemia ... Lymphoma and leukemia are cancers of the blood ...
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Of Canada - History of The LRF
... In 1955, Anne Finkle's visited Detroit for a City of Hope Leukemia Fighters meeting ... issued to 14 women, as members of the newly incorporated City of Hope Leukemia Fighters ... On December 22, 1965 the official change to Toronto Leukemia Fighters took place ...