Leukemia Cancer Notes/Essay
Leukemia Cancer Notes/Essay HE 121
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Date Created: 01/03/16
Ashleigh Brown HE 120 Professor Gebrewold Know About Leukemia Cancer Cancer, a disease caused by uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the body, can be found in anybody. There are several different types of cancer such as breast, prostate, colon, lung, leukemia and many more. Several cancers can only be found in men only and some only in women. More than one million people in the U.S. get cancer a year. There are many signs and symptoms to defect cancer in the body. They depend on location, size, and affects it may have on organs and tissues. Leukemia, is a cancer of the body’s blood forming tissues. It is more common in children. Usually involving white blood cells, which are infection fighters, the bone marrow produces abnormal blood cells that don’t function properly. Common signs and symptoms of leukemia include fever or chills, frequent or severe infections, losing weight, bone pain and tenderness, and several more. Because these are similar signs of cold and flu it is often over looked. There are no clear causes of these cancer but, seems to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Doctors may find leukemia in a routine blood test, before symptoms begin. If this happens, you may undergo the following diagnostic exams: physical exam, blood tests, bone marrow test. You may undergo additional tests to confirm the diagnosis and to determine the type of leukemia and its extent in your body. Treatment for your leukemia depends on many factors determine by your age and overall health, the type of leukemia you have, and whether it has spread to other parts of your body. Common treatments used to fight leukemia include chemotherapy, biological, targeted therapy, radiation therapy, and stem celltransplant. Chemotherapy is a drug treatment uses chemicals to kill leukemia cells. Biological therapy works by using treatments that help your immune system recognize and attack leukemia cells. Targeted therapy uses drugs that attack specific vulnerabilities within your cancer cells. Radiation therapy uses Xrays or other highenergy beams to damage leukemia cells and stop their growth. During radiation therapy, you lie on a table while a large machine moves around you, directing the radiation to precise points on your body. You may receive radiation in one specific area of your body where there is a collection of leukemia cells, or you may receive radiation over your whole body. Radiation therapy may be used to prepare for a stem cell transplant. A lot of patients try radiation therapy and have recovery. A stem cell transplant is a procedure to replace your diseased bone marrow with healthy bone marrow. During a transfer a donor may give several Tcells. Scientist believe Tcells may be a cure for cancer in the future. A diagnosis of leukemia may be difficult, especially for the family of a newly diagnosed child. Learn enough about leukemia to make decisions about your care. As you learn more about leukemia, you may become more confident in making treatment decisions. There are several research centers, support groups, and foundations that help with the development of cancer treatment.
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