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An image of bone marrow of a patient with leukemia

Leukemia or leukaemia is a cancer of white blood cells and bone marrow. When a person has leukemia, the body makes too many white blood cells (leukocytes).

In 2000, about 256,000 children and adults around the world developed some form of leukemia. About 90% of all leukemias are seen in adults.

Treatment

Most cases of leukemia are treated with a number of drugs, which are usually combined into a chemotherapy program. In some cases, radiation therapies or bone marrow transplants are done.


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