is a cancer of the blood cells, the bone marrow, lymph nodes and the
cells, either a white blood cell, a red blood cell, or a platelet is
ďhijacked.Ē When a cell
is ďhijackedĒ it is unable to do
its job in the body. For
instance, one of the jobs of platelets is to help stop the bleeding if
If the platelets were hijacked, it would
take the cut a lot of time to stop bleeding.
four types of leukemia: acute lymphocytic leukemia, acute myeloid
leukemia, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, and chronic myeloid leukemia.
Acute forms of leukemia produce abnormal cells fast and must be
treated quickly. Chronic
forms of leukemia slowly produce abnormal cells.
Myeloid leukemia affects antibodies and platelets.
Lymphocytic leukemia affects white blood cells.
lymphocytic leukemia is the most common type of leukemia in children.
It also affects adults, mostly over age 65.
many treatments for leukemia. These
depend on the patientís needs, the type of leukemia, features of the
abnormal cells that leukemia creates, how the disease has progressed, age
of patient, symptoms, general health, and whether leukemia has been
treated before. Acute
leukemia can be cured if it is treated quickly.
Chronic leukemia can seldom be cured.
Chemotherapy is a
treatment in which a patient takes cancer cell killing drugs.
Radiation therapy is sometimes used with chemotherapy.
It uses high-energy rays to damage cancer cells so they donít
One day I
went to Subway with my mom. When
we were purchasing our food I saw a board that had quarter slots in it.
It was a funding for leukemia research.
It had a picture of a girl on it.
It said help save the children.
The slots were almost full. I
hope they raise lots of money.
The Make-a-Wish Foundation of America is an organization that lets children who have life threatening diseases enjoy the richness of life. Each child can make a wish for most anything. Make-a-Wish was started in 1980. It has been serving children with life threatening diseases for 23 years.
Locks of Love is an organization that collects hair. The hair it collects is made
into wigs for people with hair loss. Any time you are at the barber
you can ask for your hair back. You can donate it by putting your half
in an envelope and addressing it with the following:
Druker, Brian J.
"Leukemia." World Book Online Reference Center. 2004.
World Book, Inc. 23 Feb. 2004.
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