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In order for a child to be diagnose with childhood

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to high levels of radiation, chemotherapy or chemicals such as benzene. In order for a child to be diagnose with childhood leukemia the child will need to have some tests done. Some of the tests that will be performed will be blood tests to measure the number of blood cells and the doctors will examine the cells under a microscope to see how they appear. Bone marrow aspiration and biopsy will also be performed as well as lumbar puncture or a spinal tap will be done which will check for spread of leukemia cells in the fluid that bathes the brain and spinal cord. When a child has childhood leukemia is will interfere with their body’s production of other types of blood cells which include red blood cells and platelets. This will result in anemia and bleeding problems as well as increased risk of infection caused by white cell abnormalities. There are two types of childhood leukemia; the first type is classified as acute which is rapidly developing and the second type is classified as chronic which is slowly developing. In most cases 98% of childhood leukemia falls into the acute childhood leukemia. There are many kinds of treatments for childhood leukemia and depending on the type of leukemia as well as other factors depends on the type of treatment. The main treatment for childhood leukemia is chemotherapy; another type of treatment is targeted therapy. Targeted
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