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Different leukemia types: lymphocytic and myelogenous

Posted on June 22, 2015 9:12 am under Medical Malpractice

Some cases of leukemia occur as secondary malignancies, meaning the disease has resulted from chemotherapy or radiation treatment. Although secondary malignancy occurs as a result of many overlapping factors, some cases are a result of a medical practitioner’s failure to tailor the intensity of cancer therapy.

Leukemia cases are generally classified by how fast they progress and the type of white blood cells affected. For the latter, leukemia can be further subdivided into two groups:

  • Lymphocytic leukemia – Leukemia that involves lymphocytes, or white blood cells produced in the lymphatic tissue
  • Myelogenous leukemia – This type of leukemia involves the myeloid cells, which can be found in the bone marrow

A significant percentage of leukemia cases could have been prevented if medical staff had adequately assessed the patient’s risk of secondary malignancy and adjusted treatments accordingly. To learn more about taking legal action during this trying time, consult with a Madison-based medical malpractice lawyer at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling (414) 271-0900 today.