What Is Leukemia?
Leukemia is a type of cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow, the spongy center of bones where our blood cells are formed. The disease develops when blood cells produced in the bone marrow grow out of control.
About 4,800 people in Canada are expected to develop leukemia in 2012
Common Types of Leukemia
The four most common types of leukemia are:
acute myeloid leukemia (AML)
acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)
chronic myeloid leukemia (CML)
chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)
Each main type of leukemia is named according to the type of cell that's affected (a myeloid cell or a lymphoid cell) and whether the disease begins in mature or immature cells.
Other types of leukemia and related disorders include:
hairy cell leukemia
chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CMML)
juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia (JMML)
After diagnosis and treatment, many people with leukemia live many good, quality years. You may find that knowing more about the disease and its treatment can help you cope.
More information is provided on the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada website. For more information click the link below.