Acute VS Chronic Leukemia
University of Phoenix
Aug 10, 2013
Cancer is one of the most catastrophic and debilitating diseases known to mankind. There have been many types of cancer that have been discovered over the years. Most people that have had cancer undergo chemotherapy, radiation, or both. Leukemia is one of the most feared types of cancer. “Leukemia is cancer of the blood or bone marrow. It is classified by an abnormal increased amount of white blood cells. Leukemia is an extended term covering a series of diseases; leukemia is subdivided into a variety of large groups.” (2013) Retrieved July 2013 from (http://www.rash.sexseznamka.waw.pl). In this paper you will found out the difference between the two main divisions. The first division is between chronic and acute forms which are grouped based on how quickly they spread. Both types are forms of Leukemia but affect the body differently. Acute Leukemia will have a rapid boost in the amount of immature blood cells, while chronic can typically take months or years to progress abnormal white blood cells. Leukemia can strike all, no matter what sex or age, as of right now there is no known cause. Acute leukemia may make you feel sick right away; it can be life-threatening, very aggressive disease. Most cases are defined by a “blast “, blasts are immature blood cells that divide frequently. Since acute cells don’t stop dividing like their normal counterparts, they cause crowding. Crowding happens quickly and it prohibits the bone marrow from producing healthy blood cells, once the bone marrow stops producing immediate treatment is required. Without treatment acute leukemia cells will overflow into the bloodstream and spill onto other organs of the body, because of the rapid progression. Adolescents and young adults are more likely to be diagnosed with acute types of leukemia. Chronic leukemia has a slower onset and is usually not life-threatening...
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