Focus on Leukemia
Myelofibrosis is a rare bone marrow cancer in which the marrow is replaced by fibrous (scar) tissue. Myelofibrosis can occur on its own, called primary myelofibrosis, or as a progression of other bone marrow diseases. Myelofibrosis belongs to a group of closely related blood cancers, known as myeloproliferative neoplasms, in which the bone marrow cells that produce the body’s blood cells develop and function abnormally. The result is excessive fibrous tissue formation in the bone marrow, which can lead to severe anemia, weakness, fatigue, and an enlarged spleen and liver.
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia is a type of cancer in which the bone marrow makes too many lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell). CLL, a slow-growing blood and bone marrow disease, is one of the most common types of leukemia in adults.
Treatment options and recommendations for people with chronic myeloid leukemia depend on several factors, including the phase of the disease, possible side effects, and your preferences and overall health. Take time to learn about your treatment options, and be sure to ask questions about things that are unclear. Also, discuss the goals of each treatment with your doctor and ask what you can expect while receiving the treatment.