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What's a simple way to say what adult acute leukemia really is?
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
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In brief: White cell overload
In leukemia, the white cells from the marrow are malignantly overproduced.
The cells that produce them push the red cells and platlets out of the way and the white cells are poorly functional so you are susceptible to infection. This is an acute type of cancer that needs immediate attention from your hematologic/oncologic specialist.

In brief: White cell overload
In leukemia, the white cells from the marrow are malignantly overproduced.
The cells that produce them push the red cells and platlets out of the way and the white cells are poorly functional so you are susceptible to infection. This is an acute type of cancer that needs immediate attention from your hematologic/oncologic specialist.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
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In brief: Blood cancer
Leukemia is a cancer of the white blood cells.
The primary disorder is in the bone marrow. Leukemia usually causes high white blood cells count with immature cells in the blood, anemia, bleeding, infections and can lead to rapid death.

In brief: Blood cancer
Leukemia is a cancer of the white blood cells.
The primary disorder is in the bone marrow. Leukemia usually causes high white blood cells count with immature cells in the blood, anemia, bleeding, infections and can lead to rapid death.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
There are a great number of different forms of adult leukemia, ranging from indolent to very aggressive. It's essential to get it subtyped.
Dr. Agos Luca
Pathology
In brief: Form of blood cancer
Leukemia is a form of blood cancer.
There are many different types and some of them are acute (fast evolving, more aggressive) and some are chronic (with slower evolution and usually less aggressive). Some of them occur in children and some in adults. There is actually a type called "adult t-cell leukemia" that has an acute variant but i'm not sure if you're talking about this particular subtype.

In brief: Form of blood cancer
Leukemia is a form of blood cancer.
There are many different types and some of them are acute (fast evolving, more aggressive) and some are chronic (with slower evolution and usually less aggressive). Some of them occur in children and some in adults. There is actually a type called "adult t-cell leukemia" that has an acute variant but i'm not sure if you're talking about this particular subtype.
Dr. Agos Luca
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