Today is the 9th day of Blood Cancer Awareness Month. So far we have talked about types of blood cells, blood tests, bone marrow and bone marrow biopsies. Today we will finally be starting to cover blood cancers.
Blood cancers, or hematological malignancies are abnormalities that affect the blood, bone marrow or lymph nodes. In a blood cancer, normal blood production is interrupted by the uncontrollable growth of abnormal blood cells.
There are several different blood cancers, each with their own specific sets of symptoms. Over the next several days we will go into each type of blood cancer; Leukemia, Lymphoma, Myeloma, Myeloproliferative Neoplasms (Polycythemia Vera, Essential Thrombocytosis, Myelofibrosis).
Tomorrow’s topic: Leukemia