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What is childhood leukemia?

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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 raises the body's chances of infection and other problems.

But most children and teens with childhood leukemia can be successfully treated.

From: Childhood Leukemia WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on September 11, 2017

Medically Reviewed on 9/11/2017

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Childhood Leukemia."

Nemours Foundation: "Childhood Cancer: Leukemia."

FDA: "FDA approval brings first gene therapy to the United States."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on September 11, 2017

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Childhood Leukemia."

Nemours Foundation: "Childhood Cancer: Leukemia."

FDA: "FDA approval brings first gene therapy to the United States."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on September 11, 2017

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