A. Blood cancer is like any other cancer in the body. It is the uncontrolled and abnormal cells in the blood and bone marrow.
A. Unlike cancer of the lungs, oral cavity etc. blood cancer severely affects the basic functions of the blood such as transportation of the oxygen and nutrients, immunity against infections etc. It basically affects the entire body at the same time while other forms of cancer take some time to spread.
A. There are more than 100 types of known cancer types.
A. Chronic leukaemia become more common with age. The average age of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) is roughly 70 years, and the average age of chronic myelogenous leukaemia (CML) patients is 40 to 50 years old.
A. Acute leukaemia can usually be cured with treatment when started as soon as detected. While chronic leukaemia is unlikely to be cured but it can be managed with symptoms.
A. The most common symptoms of the blood cancer include: fever or chills, chronic feeling of fatigue and tiredness, loss of appetite, frequent infections and night sweats.
A. Cancer cells multiply literally billions of times before the symptoms start to show. That is why some methods of screening and prevention are important.
A. Blood is a connective tissue which consists of three basic cells. These are:
Also, there is the liquid components which is known as Plasma.
A. Bone marrow is the soft centre of the bones where blood cells are formed. When these immature blood cells start dividing rapidly it causes the overcrowding of abnormal blood cells as a result of which cancer develops.
A. A child or young person with blood cancer may:
A. Since the blood cancer symptoms are quite vague, one should see the doctor if the symptoms are unusual for the person as well as last for a longer time.
A. While specific causes of leukaemia and lymphomas are unknown, blood cancer is generally attributed to genetic causes. It should be kept in mind that there’s nothing a child and his family has done which has led to the development of the cancer.
A. Bone marrow failure (infection and haemorrhage) is the most common cause of death in the blood cancer patients. But, sudden death occurring from multiple organ failure is very rare in acute leukaemia.