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September 09, 2006 , Day 31


I know I said I wouldn't send an update until Monday, but I thought I might take this opportunity to explain to some of the new people a little about leukemia. I will probably do a few of these over the next few days.

There are probably hundreds of kinds of leukemia. Most are grouped into two main types. These types are Acute Leukemia, and Chronic Leukemia. Acute Leukemias are active leukemias, that, if left untreated, will be fatal fairly quickly, usually within a year, and in some cases, within weeks. Chronic Leukemias are inactive usually. In many cases, chronic leukemias are not treated at all, because the treatment is worse than the disease. Chronic Leukemias will usually turn into some kind of Acute Leukemia after a number of years.

Both Acute and Chronic Leukemias are also split into two groups. These two groups are Myelogenous and Lymphocytic Leukemias. This means that there are four general types of leukemia that are commonly referred to. They are:

Acute Myelogenous Leukemia or AML
Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia or ALL
Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia or CML
Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia or CLL.

Each of these general types include many different individual types of Leukemia. I have AML, so most of my attention will be devoted to that in my future updates.

I did get a blood draw on the 8th, so I have included the results in the table below. They are encouraging. Look at the big jumps in RBC, HGB and PLT.

Lab Results

Blood Cell Type

Normal Low





WBC 4.5 1.7 3.4 6.6 7.2
RBC 4.3 2.74 2.72 2.76 3.16
HGB 13.9 8.7 8.8 8.8 10.0
PLT 130 17 19 24 41

I hope you have had a great weekend!

Menchie and Ted

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