CHRONIC MYELOGENOUS LEUKEMIA
Chronic myelogenous leukemia refers to the cancer of the cells in the bone marrow. It is called myelogenous leukemia, also known chronic myeloid leukemia because of the type of cells that are affected.
Cancer occurs when there is gene mutation that will cause excessive production of cancer cells and abnormal cell divisions. It will then spread throughout the body causing overpowering normal cells and causing organs to malfunction. The symptoms of chronic myelogenous leukemia include fever, fatigue and night sweats.
This type of cancer will progress slowly. It will take years before it will actually exhibit any symptoms. This type usually occurs during and after middle age and are very uncommon in children.
Red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets can be affected by leukemia. Under normal set up, the bone marrow makes blood stem cells, considered immature cells that will become mature over time. A stem cell can become a myeloid or lymphoid stem cell. The lymphoid stem cell matures into a white blood cell while the myeloid stem cells can become red blood cells, platelets or granulocytes. The red blood cells carry oxygen and nutrients to all parts of the body, the platelets are responsible for blood clotting mechanisms and the granulocytes or white blood cells, fight infection and invading organisms.
In leukemia, the blood stem cell that becomes granulocytes does not mature and become healthy white blood cells. This overproduction or cancer cells will lead to cell build up and cause other normal cells to malfunction. Worse, the cancer cells can spread to other parts of the body causing other cells and organs to malfunction.
As mentioned above chronic myelogenous leukemia will exhibit signs and symptoms including:
- Night Sweats
- Weight loss
If you think you are suffering from Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).