myeloid leukemia


A type of leukemia (cancer that starts in the blood forming tissue in the bone marrow) that develops from abnormal myeloid stem cells. Myeloid stem cells normally develop into different types of mature blood cells (red blood cells, platelets, granulocytes and monocytes). In myeloid leukemia, these cells don't develop or mature normally.

Myeloid leukemia can be chronic (slow growing) or acute (fast growing and aggressive).

Also called myelogenous leukemia.

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