Below is a list of topics covered in this book. The book is available at the Don and Cathy Jacobs Health Education Center at the University of Kentucky.


Part 1: The Basics

What is leukemia?

What is blood composed of and what blood cells are affected by leukemia?

How does leukemia affect my immune system?

What is bone marrow?

Part 2: Facts about Leukemia: Risks, Diagnosis and Effects

Are there different types of leukemia? Why is one called acute and one called chronic?

How common is leukemia?

What is myelodysplastic syndrome? Is it related to leukemia?

What is a blast?

How does someone know he or she has leukemia?

What is neutropenia?

Part 3: Treatment

How is leukemia treated?

What is chemotherapy?

How does my doctor decide what chemotherapy to give me?

What is gene therapy?

What is antisense therapy?

What is a monoclonal antibody?

What is immunotherapy?

Part 4: Blood and Stem Cell Transplantation

What is a stem cell?

What is stem cell transplantation?

Who should have a stem cell transplant?

What is the difference between autologous and allogenic transplants?

How is it determined which type of transplant is appropriate for my care?

How long after diagnosis should a transplant take place?

Part 5: Side Effects and Complications of Treatment

Will I need blood transfusions?

Are blood transfusions safe?

What side effects might a patient experience with chemotherapy?

What types of infections do I need to be concerned about?

Part 6: Treatment Facilities and Healthcare Providers

How do I know my doctor is providing the right treatment?

Is there a difference between an attending doctor and a fellow?

Do all hospitals perform all treatments?

Do caregivers get any training?

Can and should family members be caregivers?

Part 7: Living with leukemia

How does someone know he or she is cured?

Will my child with leukemia grow up normally?

Do patients ever get back to normal?

What are the patient’s physical limitations after a bone marrow transplantation?

What is the chance of leukemia coming back?





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