Monday, December 18, 2006

How does Leukemia work?

Leukemia, Lymphoma, and Myeloma are cancers that originate in the bone marrow or lymphatic tissues. These diseases result from an acquired injury to the DNA of a single cell, which then becomes abnormal (malignant) and multiplies unchecked. The accumulation of malignant cells interferes with the body's ability to produce normal blood cells resulting in severe anemia, abnormal bruising or bleeding and/or a decreased ability to fight infections.
The annual percent of new cases per disease is as follows leukemia~30%, lymphoma~56% and myeloma~14%. Treatments range from conventional chemotherapy to radiation therapy to bone marrow and stem cell transplantation to immunotherapy to vaccines to gene therapy. Many of the newer modes of treatment are a direct result of your awareness of the need and funds raised through Team in Training.

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