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    What are the different types of leukaemia?

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    Established in Queensland in 1975, the Leukaemia Foundation is the only national organisation dedicated to the care and cure of patients and families living with … View Profile

    Leukaemias are broadly classified by how quickly the disease develops, and by the type of blood cell involved.

    •     Acute leukaemias develop quickly and need to be treated urgently.
    •     Chronic leukaemias develop more slowly and may not need to be treated for   some time after they are diagnosed.
    •     Myeloid leukaemias arise in immature blood cells called myeloblasts.
    •     Lymphoid leukaemias arise in immature blood cells called lymphoblasts

    Therefore there are four main types of leukaemia:
    •     Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML)
    •     Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL)
    •     Chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML)
    •     Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL)

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