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How is leukemia grouped?

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Leukemia is grouped in two ways:

1. How fast it develops and gets worse

2.Which type of blood cell is involved (usually myeloid or lymphoid)

These types are then put into one of two categories: acute or chronic. Acute leukemia happens when most of the abnormal blood cells stay immature and can’t carry out normal functions. It can get bad very fast. Chronic leukemia happens when there are some immature cells, but others are normal and can function normally. That means it gets bad, but more slowly.

From: What Is Leukemia? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Learn About Cancer (Detailed Guide): Leukemia -- Acute Lymphocytic," "Learn About Cancer: Leukemia -- Acute Myeloid (AML)," "Learn About Cancer: Leukemia -- Chronic Lymphocytic (CLL)," "Learn About Cancer: Leukemia -- Chronic Myeloid (CML)," "Learn About Cancer: Leukemia in Children."

National Cancer Institute: "Leukemia." "Adult Acute Myeloid Leukemia Treatment (PDQ)-Patient Version. Treatment Option Overview," "Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Treatment (PDQ)-Patient Version."

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: "Leukemia."

Cancer.Net: "Understanding Targeted Therapy."

Mayo Clinic: "Leukemia: Treatments and drugs."

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: "Leukemia Treatment."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 26, 2017

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Learn About Cancer (Detailed Guide): Leukemia -- Acute Lymphocytic," "Learn About Cancer: Leukemia -- Acute Myeloid (AML)," "Learn About Cancer: Leukemia -- Chronic Lymphocytic (CLL)," "Learn About Cancer: Leukemia -- Chronic Myeloid (CML)," "Learn About Cancer: Leukemia in Children."

National Cancer Institute: "Leukemia." "Adult Acute Myeloid Leukemia Treatment (PDQ)-Patient Version. Treatment Option Overview," "Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Treatment (PDQ)-Patient Version."

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: "Leukemia."

Cancer.Net: "Understanding Targeted Therapy."

Mayo Clinic: "Leukemia: Treatments and drugs."

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: "Leukemia Treatment."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 26, 2017

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