Leukemia And Its Treatment Essay

840 words - 3 pages

Leukemia is something that we hear about a lot. I believe that people do not understand exactly what leukemia is and how dangerous it can be, I chose this topic to try to help them understand. In this paper I will explain what leukemia is and what treatments you can choose from to treat the cancer.
Leukemia is a type of cancer. Cancer is a group of more than 100 diseases that have two or more important things in common. One is that certain cells in the body become abnormal. Another is that the body keeps producing large numbers of these abnormal cells. Leukemia is cancer of the blood ce3lls. When leukemia develops the body produces large numbers of abnormal blood cells. In most types of leukemia, the abnormal blood cells and they do not function properly.(Cancer compass 10)
     There are two major groups of leukemia they are grouped based on how fast they spread. Acute leukemia is a cancer that starts in the organs that makes blood, namely the bone marrow and the lymph system. Acute leukemia spreads very quickly. Chronic leukemia is when many white blood cells are made in the bone marrow. Depending on the type of white blood cell that is involved chronic leukemia can be classified as chronic lymphocytic leukemia or chronic myeloid leukemia. Chronic leukemia spreads slowly.( Longe,186)
     There are many different types of treatment for leukemia the one that you receive depends on what stage the cancer is in and what kind of leukemia you have. Chemotherapy is one form of treatment, patients who have chemotherapy take one or more anti-cancer drugs by mouth or intravenously, through a tube in one of the veins. Chemotherapy is given in cycles a treatment period followed by a recovery period, then another treatment period and so on. The drug enters the blood stream and destroys leukemia cells throughout the body. However, they cannot reach the brain and spinal cord, because of a protective network of blood vessels that keep foreign substances from entering the central nervous system. In certain cases doctors need to inject the drug directly into the fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. (Health a to z, 20)
     Radiation is another type of treatment. Radiation therapy uses a special machine to deliver high energy rays that damage cancer cells and stop then from growing. These rays may be detected in the entire body, or they may be focused on certain area where leukemia cells are collecting.( Disease facts and statistics, 30)
     Another option is Bone Marrow Transplantation. In many cases of acute leukemia...

Find Another Essay On Leukemia and Its Treatment

Leukemia Essay

1653 words - 7 pages the cause is unknown there is no prevention method against leukemia therefore if symptoms are presented the patient should elaborate medical tests immediately because as all types of cancer leukemia is only treatable when diagnosed in its early stages. The main treatments for leukemia are : * Chemotherapy – is a treatment in which large dosis of chemical substances are taken regularly by the patient in order to

Leukemia Essay

1285 words - 5 pages . Blood cells are affected as well, as the patient may suffer from easily bruising and bleeding. Infertility in male and female could be caused by chemotherapy, as it damages sperm cells and ovaries. Although chemotherapy is the main treatment for ALL, there are also other options like radiation therapy, also known as radiotherapy. Radiation therapy is high-energy rays that kill leukemia cells. Very different from chemotherapy, this kind of

What Is Leukemia?

2126 words - 9 pages Blood Count (CBC) which is a machine that reads your blood and shows a screen testing to check for diseases or any problems in your blood. Leukemia is one of the diseases that this machine detects and doctors have used the CBC for its accuracy in diagnosing leukemia (Complete Blood Count 1). Several new drugs have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat leukemia. One of the most recent of these approved drugs is Gleevec. It works

Childhood Leukemia

1227 words - 5 pages .,” (Rice, p.692). The classification of the leukemia is extremely pertinent in determining both the type of treatment necessary and the prognosis for the leukemia patient. According to cancer.org, “Determining its type (acute lymphocytic, acute myeloid, etc.) and subtype is done by testing samples of the blood, bone marrow, and sometimes lymph nodes or cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)”. In children, physician’s try to find the immunophenotype the child has

Leukemia: Cancer of the Blood

1634 words - 7 pages increases risk, as does living in a developed country or being socioeconomically advantaged (Bozzone 58).The onset of ALL is sudden, and it may cause the spleen, liver, and lymph nodes to enlarge. This form of leukemia is highly curable in children. Treatment includes chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and bone marrow or stem cell transplants. People who are diagnosed with acute Leukemia must start treatment immediately because it can spread

Leukemia And Stem Cells

1198 words - 5 pages experience graft-versus-host disease, or GVHD. GVHD is a disease in which there are negative reactions between the new stem cells and the patient’s ordinary tissue; this is usually the case with the skin or the liver. GVHD could vary on its levels of seriousness, but there is medication for the treatment of GVHD. Though research is being conducted and transplants are going on today for leukemia, there is still no 100% guarantee for patients

Cardiovascular System: Leukemia Cancer (Cancer of the Blood)

1257 words - 6 pages diagnosed. When a patient is being treated for leukemia, there are some important factors to treating patients, which consist of the patients’ age, symptoms, and general health and if the patient was already diagnose with leukemia prior to this diagnose. Acute leukemia patients should be treated right away because of the rapid spreading of the cancer. The treatment will kill and stop spreading which is called remission. Chronic leukemia

Chronic Lymphatic Leukemia

1146 words - 5 pages General Description Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) is slow-progressing or “chronic”, cancer of the blood and bone marrow. CLL is the second most common leukemia in adults and one of the four primary types of leukemia. Certain risk factors have been identified including age, race, sex, family history of blood and bone marrow cancers and chemical exposure. Most people diagnosed with CLL are white males over the age of 60. Occurrence

Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie Literary Analysis

1133 words - 5 pages his “Dangerous Pie,” a mixture of various different ingredients, leaving Steven’s drumsticks smelling funky. Jeffrey also embarrasses Steven in front of his bandmates and his crush Renee, telling embarrassing stories about Steven. Though being a sibling can have its perks, Steven’s role as the older brother requires a lot of sacrifice. When it is discovered that Jeffery has leukemia, Steven and his family sacrifice many things to support Jeffrey

Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia

2091 words - 8 pages -rays may be used to find infections and places where the leukemia may have infiltrated the bone (Pinto, Schub, 2010). Treatment After a diagnosis of ALL is confirmed, treatment starts. The goal of the treatment is to reach remission. A patient is said to be in remission when the blood tests are back to normal, and a blood marrow test with less than five percent lymphoblast. There are four steps in the treatment of ALL. These steps are

Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

1185 words - 5 pages , mature B cell ALL accounts for around 3% of ALL cases and is characterized by the presence of surface immunoglobulin molecules, and are TdT negative, and often an over expression of c-myc, hallmark characteristics of Burkitt's lymphoma (in its leukemia phase, and is therefore now treated with the same short term combination chemotherapy therapy regime as Burkitt’s lymphoma (7; 8). T cell ALL is characterized by the expression of T cell associated

Similar Essays

Leukemia: Treatment Through Biological Therapy And Chemotherapy

1138 words - 5 pages , easy bleeding or bruising, recurrent nose bleeds, tiny red spots in the skin (petechiae), excessive night sweats and bone pain or tenderness (Mayo Clinic, 2013). Leukemia can be fatal, but with early diagnosis and treatment it can be put into remission. Diagnosis Diagnosis of leukemia usually starts with a physical exam given by a doctor. The doctor will check for physical signs such as swelling of the lymph nodes, liver and spleen and palor from

Leukemia: The Disease And The Treatment

1059 words - 4 pages blood cell being affected; Lymphocytic (affecting the Lymphocytes) and Myeloid (affecting the Myelocytes). This gives us four types of Leukemia; Chronic Myeloid Leukemia, Acute Myeloid Leukemia, Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia, Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (peak prevalence between the ages of 2-9years). (Almeida & Barry, 2010) Treatments New treatments are being discovered yearly and are constantly being improved. The treatment for Leukemia depends

Mental Illness And Its Treatment Essay

2230 words - 9 pages Mental illness and its treatment is an issue that has been thought and rethought by learned circles over the past two centuries. Unfortunately there is still a great sense of stigma surrounding the issue, perpetuated by mass media(Stout, Jorge Villegas, and Nancy A Jennings 2004, 543) . In this essay, the ways in which mental illness is essentialised and stigmatised by the media will be discussed, using examples from the media with two main

History Of Schizophenia And Its Treatment

1764 words - 7 pages HISTORIC OVERVIEW OF SCHIZOPHRENIA AND ITS TREATMENT ABSTRACT      This paper provides an overview of the history of schizophrenia and its treatment. The paper begins by first providing some basic facts about the condition such as its nature, its probable causes, and its symptoms. This brief description is followed by a historical overview which discusses how schizophrenia came to be identified as a unique illness. The