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Different leukemia types: acute and chronic

Posted on June 21, 2015 1:21 pm under Medical Malpractice

Leukemia occurs when the cells that form in the bone marrow and other blood-forming tissues crowd the healthy ones. There are many different types of leukemia, depending on the type of cells that has become cancerous, the blood-forming tissue affected, and how fast the sickness develops.

In most cases, experts classify leukemia by how fast it progresses and the type of white blood cells affected. For the first category, there is acute and chronic leukemia:

  • Acute – Acute leukemia happens when blood-producing tissue begins to rapidly create blood cells that are not yet mature (blasts). These immature cells do not mature, and thus cannot function properly.
  • Chronic – Unlike acute leukemia, chronic leukemia involves mature blood cells that function for a certain period of time. Cancer cells develop more slowly, hence the term chronic. Chronic leukemia has a long latency period, which means symptoms may appear at a later stage

Sadly, some cases of leukemia are a result of exposure to high radiation during therapy. If you believe a leukemia diagnosis has resulted from medical malpractice, the team at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® might be able to help you. Call our Milwaukee office at (414) 271-0900 to learn more about taking legal action.