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Glossary for Acute lymphocytic leukemia

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukemia: Cancer of the white blood cells. Precursors to white blood cells are called blasts and are made by the bone marrow but in ALL the blasts are abnormal and do not develop into lymphocytes. Instead, the abnormal blasts or leukemic cells multiply rapidly and reduce the level of other types of blood cells such as red blood cells and platelets.
  • Acute myeloid leukemia: A form of rapidly progressing blood cancer resulting in the rapid proliferation of granulocytes and monocytes, red blood cells and platelets.
  • Blood cancer: Malignancy of one or several of the different types of cells in the blood
  • Blood conditions: Conditions that affect the blood
  • Bone Marrow Conditions: Medical conditions affecting the bone marrow
  • Bone pain: Bone pain or tenderness is aching or other discomfort in one or more bones.
  • Cancer: Abnormal overgrowth of body cells.
  • Chronic myeloid leukemia: Type of leukemia mostly in adults; rarely in children.
  • Eosinophilia: This is when there is an abnormal increase in the eosinophils in the blood
  • Flu-like conditions: Medical conditions similar to flu, or exhibition flu-like symptoms.
  • Granulocytopenia: Reduced number of granulocytes in the blood. Granulocytes are a type of white blood cell (neutrophils, eosinophils and basophils). White blood cells help protect the body from invading pathogen and hence act as the body's defense to infection.
  • Immune deficiency conditions: Any of various diseases that suppress the immune system.
  • Low haemoglobin: Decreased concentration of haemoglobin in the blood.
  • Lymphocytosis: An abnormal increase in the number of lymphocytes in the blood.
  • Thrombocytopenia: Decreased platelets in the blood

 

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