What happens in the blood in a patient with acute lymphocytic leukemia?

I understand the basics of leukemia. I know it happens in the bone marrow and it affects the genes and cell structures of red or white blood cells and/or platelets. But how exactly does a person die from leukemia? Is it safe to assume that the body runs out of oxygen because the red blood cells become too... show more I understand the basics of leukemia. I know it happens in the bone marrow and it affects the genes and cell structures of red or white blood cells and/or platelets.

But how exactly does a person die from leukemia? Is it safe to assume that the body runs out of oxygen because the red blood cells become too abnormal to carry oxygen around the body?
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