Leukemia and lymphoma are hematologic cancers, meaning they are cancers of the blood and bone marrow. In patients with leukemia, the abnormal production of white blood cells in bone marrow inhibits the bone marrow’s ability to produce red blood cells and platelets. Lymphoma, a blood cancer that impacts the lymph system, affects the body’s ability to fight infection and disease. While once thought incurable, recent advances in medicine have made lymphoma a treatable condition.
Risk Factors & Symptoms
Risk factors for leukemia and lymphoma include:
- Previous treatment for cancer
- Genetic disorders, such as Down syndrome
- Exposure to some chemicals
- Family history