Childhood leukemia, the most common type of cancer in children and teens, is a cancer of the white blood cells. Abnormal white blood cells form in the bone marrow. They quickly travel through the bloodstream and crowd out healthy cells. This increases the body's chances of infection and other problems.
As tough as it is for a child to have cancer, it's good to know that most children and teens with childhood leukemia can be successfully treated.
Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) is a rare cancer that affects blood cells and bone marrow. That’s the soft part inside the bone where blood cells are made.
Treatment may help you go into remission. For most people, that doesn't mean the cancer is completely gone, but it does mean that it’s less active than before. Remission can last for many years.
CML usually starts in middle age or later. Its symptoms tend to come on gradually. Many of them, like being tired, losing weight without trying,...
Doctors don't know exactly what causes most cases of childhood leukemia. But certain factors may increase the chances of getting it. Keep in mind, though, that having a risk factor does not necessarily mean a child will get leukemia. In fact, most children with leukemia don't have any known risk factors.
The risk for childhood leukemia increases if your child has: