Oncology & Cancer

A better roadmap for beating deadly leukemia

Acute myeloid leukemia, or AML, is the most common acute blood cancer in adults—and one of the most difficult to treat. Scientists at Oregon Health & Science University have discovered a potential new target for stopping ...

Oncology & Cancer

Leukemia vulnerability discovered causing drug sensitivity

All human tumors originating from various tissues share a series of properties that define them, including the ability to prevent cell death. Instead, healthy organs induce programmed cell death or apoptosis to balance their ...

Oncology & Cancer

Air pollution may increase risk for childhood leukemia

Exposure to traffic-related air pollution may be associated with an increased risk for childhood leukemia, according to a study published in the August issue of Environment International.

Oncology & Cancer

New metabolic profile in patients with acute myeloid leukemia

An article published in the journal Nature Communications describes a specific metabolic adaptation in some patients with acute myeloid leukemia affected by tandem mutations in the FLT3 gene. The findings, which could shed ...

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Leukemia (American English) or leukaemia (British English) (from the Greek leukos λεύκος - white, and haima αίμα - blood) is a type of cancer of the blood or bone marrow characterized by an abnormal increase of immature white blood cells called "blasts". Leukemia is a broad term covering a spectrum of diseases. In turn, it is part of the even broader group of diseases affecting the blood, bone marrow, heart, and lymphoid system, which are all known as hematological neoplasms. Leukemia can also cause multiple organ failure.

In 2000, approximately 256,000 children and adults around the world developed some form of leukemia, and 209,000 died from it.[citation needed]

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