What causes Leukemia?

What are the causes to Leukemia?

What is happening in the body?

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    Evolution of Treatment for a Rare Type of Leukemia

    Medical Author: Michael Lill, MD

    Medical Editor: Leslie J. Schoenfield, MD, PhD

    Medical Revising Editor: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Two drugs have had a profound impact upon the treatment of acute promyelocytic leukemia.One of my more vivid memories from the early days of my training in hematology in Perth, Australia, is of the tragedy of a young girl with acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL). This disease is a very serious, rare type of acute leukemia (cancer of the white blood cells). I admitted her to our oncology floor in the hospital. A teenager, she had been completely well until one Sunday when she developed unusually heavy menstrual bleeding. She saw her doctor in her small country town on Monday, had a blood count done on Tuesday, and was flown up to us in Perth on Wednesday with a diagnosis of acute (rapid onset) leukemia. The next day, we performed a biopsy of the bone marrow that enabled us to confirm the diagnosis. We immediately started chemotherapy but that night she bled into her brain. Despite intensive medical efforts, including brain surgery, she died the next morning.

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    What is leukemia?

    Leukemia is a type of cancer. Cancer is a group of many related diseases. All cancers begin in cells, which make up blood and other tissues. Normally, cells grow and divide to form new cells as the body needs them. When cells grow old, they die, and new cells take their place.

    Sometimes this orderly process goes wrong. New cells form when the body does not need them, and old cells do not die when they should. Leukemia is cancer that begins in blood cells.

  • 5 years ago

    Leukemia is a malignancy of blood cells. In leukemia, abnormal blood cells are produced in the bone marrow. Usually, leukemia involves the production of abnormal white blood cells the cells responsible for fighting infection. However, the abnormal cells in leukemia do not function in the same way as normal white blood cells. The leukemia cells continue to grow and divide, eventually crowding out the normal blood cells. The end result is that it becomes difficult for the body to fight infections, control bleeding, and transport oxygen.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The exact cause of leukemia is unknown.

    * As with other cancers, smoking is considered a risk factor for leukemia, but many people who develop leukemia have never smoked, and many people who smoke never develop leukemia.

    * Long-term exposure to chemicals such as benzene or formaldehyde, typically in the workplace, is considered a risk factor for leukemia, but this accounts for relatively few cases of the disease.

    * Prolonged exposure to radiation is a risk factor, although this accounts for relatively few cases of leukemia. Doses of radiation used for diagnostic imaging such as x-rays and CT scans are nowhere near as prolonged or high as the doses needed to cause leukemia.

    For more information on causes, symptoms and treatments of leukemia, visit http://www.imedisearch.com/results.php?cof=FORID%3...

    Source(s): eMedicineHealth
  • 4 years ago

    It might be a fear your mom has for some reason unknown. But it absolutely "does not" cause that at all!!! The answer to that is NO. Or she might be saying that to you so you will get to sleep faster since sleep is very very important to your health. It can bring on colds and the flu without enough sleep. So be sure to do what she asks, sound like your mom cares about you alot anyways :-)

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  • 1 decade ago

    like any other cancer, the virus penetrates through the skin cell, invades the nucleus and duplicates itself until the cancer spreads throughout the body. it's caused by carcinogens and your body loses its strength and horrible stuff like that :(

  • 1 decade ago

    A dna problem or a cell problem . Like sickle cell disease.

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