Is Leukemia a chronic illness?

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Is Leukemia a chronic illness

Chronical nature of leukemia

Blood is one of the most important parts of human body. It helps to maintain a proper follow of nutrients and it also helps in exchange of oxygen through the whole body.

There are mainly two types of blood cells in the body. While blood cell and red blood cells. White blood cells or leukocytes are the immune system cells which are responsible for protecting the body against infectious disease and foreign invaders.

The main function of red blood cells or erythrocytes to transfer oxygen in the whole body and maintain a proper o2 balance in the body.

Leukemia can be both acute in nature or chronic in nature. Acute illness is the type of illness which does not last for a longer period. The acute illness does not stay for more than 2-3 months.

But Leukemia generally is a long lasting disease. In most of the cases, it lasts for the whole life of the diseased person. Even if the diseases is detected earlier then also it is very hard to cure it completely. If the disease is detected in stage

Chronic disease is the type of disease which lasts for a longer time than 6 moths. Chronic diseases generally hard it cures completely by medication, they just stay and don’t disappear from its root.

88 % of Americans above 65 years have at minimum one chronic condition. Chronic diseases become more common with the increase of age but leukemia is found to be more common in children.

The leading chronic diseases include arthritis, cardiovascular disease and stroke, breast cancer and colon cancer, and oral cancer, then there is a chance that is can be cured but in most of the cases the only way to live through leukemia is the blood transfusion.

The blood of the disease needs to be replaced with new fresh blood and unfortunately due to leukemia this blood also needs to be changed regularly.

Chronic leukemia disease takes the life out of a person. It is like experiencing a living hell with no doors and windows.  Leukemia is one of the foremost members of this club. Statistically speaking about 1.5% of people have the chance of getting the chronic illness in the form of leukemia.

Leukemia is a special condition where due to some reason the white blood cell count of WBC count increases much more than the permitted value and these exponential increase in WBC results in blood cancer.

WBS is supposed to protect the human body from foreign element but in the case of leukemia the excessive increase causes only harm to other blood cells.

The difference between normal WBS and the WBC of leukemia is that the WBC of leukemia is not fully developed yet.

The exact cause and cure of leukemia is still a mystery to medical science but with the advancement of medical science, it is expected that the root cause and a permanent cure for this disease will be found soon.

Leukemia is the prime form of childhood cancer. It affects nearly 4000 children annually in the America, and nearly 30 percent of childhood cancers are caused due to this.

There are mainly four types of leukemia which are found till now

  1. Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)
  2. Acute myeloid leukemia (AML)
  3. Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)
  4. Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML)

Leukemia can be both acute and chronic in nature. Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) or B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia is the most common of all types of leukemia.

It is mostly found in adults rather than children. It affects B cells which help in fighting antibodies. Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) is the type of leukemia cause directly in WBC.

In this type of leukemia, the myeloid cells in the bone marrow get affected and an exponential rise in the number of myeloid cells and results in the accumulation of these kinds of cells in the blood vessels.

The types of leukemia depend on upon the type of blood cells.  It is true that chronical leukemia is very painful and causes a lot of suffering but the number of acute cases of leukemia is also rising very fast.

Nearly one fifth of people have the chance of having leukemia but the early detection of the disease is very hard and. Initially, the blood cell count and the bone marrow detection technique is put into action to check if the person has leukemia or not.

Sometimes it is hard to detect by simply by following these steps and the person has to go through limp node biopsy   if the doctor feels the need for it.

In the case of any positive response from the tests the doctor may suggest or test the patient for blood chemistry and various tests like X-ray, MRI and ultrasound steps for analysing the level of damage done to body parts, and also to measure the effect chemotherapy on the body of the diseased.

If a person is fortunate enough and acute case of leukemia if found in the body of the person, then immediate treatment may help to reduce the effect of the increased white blood count and in most of the cases of early detection is possible to reduce the effect of the disease and even cure it.

In the case of bone marrow cancer, changing the bone marrow can be an effective method of curing it.

Everybody must be aware of the symptoms of leukemia so that they can detect the disease at its early stage and in the case of any sign of the symptom of leukemia, the person should visit a doctor without waiting any time.

The first symptoms of leukemia are having fever without any reason, having night swells and feeling fatigued all the time. Many people get a feeling of nausea and fullness even without having anything because the liver and spleen gets enlarged in the case of leukemia.

If the central nervous system gets affected by this disease then the person can face neurological symptoms like headaches, seizures or even coma.

But the symptoms of leukemia can also be associated with other diseases hence people should not get confused and avoid getting diagnosed. This increases the risk of getting affected by leukemia.