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There are two types of leukemia: lymphocytic leukemia and myelogenous leukemia, which can be either fast-growing (acute) or slow-growing (chronic). Your treatment plan will depend on the type of leukemia, its growth rate and factors such as your age and overall health.

Overview

Leukemia is a blood-related cancer that originates in the bone marrow. It results from an acquired genetic injury to the DNA of a single cell.

When leukemia develops, the body produces large numbers of abnormal blood cells, usually white blood cells. These malignant, multiplying cells interfere with the body's production of healthy blood cells and can make the body unable to shield itself against infection.

Major forms of leukemia are myelogenous and lymphocytic. Each of these types has an acute and chronic form.

Each type of leukemia has its own specific course of treatment. Treatment varies, but in general, it requires systemic therapy that may include chemotherapy and molecular targeting with either oral or intravenous agents. Radiation can be used in some occasions.

Symptoms of Leukemia may include fatigue, infections, fever, bleeding, bone pain, weight loss, palpable masses, and abdominal fullness.

Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center is committed to providing the best cancer care in Florida. To request an appointment with one of our cancer specialists, please call 321.841.1893.