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Leukaemia and myeloma

Peter Hoskin and Wendy Makin

in Oncology for Palliative Medicine

Second edition

Published in print August 2003 | ISBN: 9780192628114
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730115 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192628114.003.0016
Leukaemia and myeloma

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This chapter discusses myeloma and leukaemia, and their different types. The initial discussion in the chapter focuses on acute leukaemia, which occurs in two forms: acute lymphoblastic (ALL) and acute myeloid leukaemia (AML). Both forms of acute leukaemia are the result of the neoplastic proliferation of immature cells within the bone marrow. This clone of malignant cells replaces normal bone marrow, resulting in bone marrow failure. Another type of leukaemia discussed in this chapter is chronic leukaemia. This type of leukaemia also exists in two forms: chronic lymphatic leukaemia (CLL) and chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML).

Keywords: myeloma; leukaemia; acute leukaemia; acute lymphoblastic; acute myeloid leukaemia; bone marrow; bone marrow failure; chronic leukaemia; chronic lymphatic leukaemia; chronic myeloid leukaemia

Chapter.  5561 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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