What is leukemia?
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Biology of the immune system. Porter, R. S., Kaplan, J.L. & Homeier, B.P., et al. (Eds.). The Merck Manuals Online Medical Library: Home Edition for Patients and Caregivers. Whitehouse Station, N.J.: Merck Research Laboratories, a division of Merck & Co, Inc; 2008.
The blood and bone marrow
Bone marrow is the spongy, liquid substance in the centre of some bones. Its main function is to produce blood cells. It constantly produces blood cells to meet the body’s needs.
Rare lymphocytic leukemias
Leukemias that start from lymphocytes are classified based on where the abnormal lymphocytes are found. Learn about rare lymphocytic leukemias.
Chronic eosinophilic leukemia
Chronic eosinophilic leukemia (CEL) develops when the body makes too many eosinophils (a type of white blood cell). Learn about CEL.
Chronic neutrophilic leukemia
Chronic neutrophilic leukemia (CNL) develops when the body makes too many neutrophils (a type of white blood cell). Learn about CNL.
Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are a group of diseases in which the bone marrow doesn’t make enough healthy mature blood cells. Learn about MDS.
Myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative neoplasms have features of myelodysplastic syndromes and myeloproliferative neoplasms. Learn about the most common types.