What Is Leukemia?
Leukemia is a form of cancer that affects the blood cells. It begins in the bone marrow, which is responsible for forming blood. The bone marrow produces the cells that develop into different types of blood cells. These include:
– Platelets help with blood forming and blood clotting
– Red blood cells transport oxygen between the lungs and other organs or tissues
– White blood cells aid in fighting infection
In people with leukemia, the bone marrow generates a large number of abnormal blood cells. They would build up gradually and dominate the healthy blood cells. This affects the normal function of these cells.