Leukaemia

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  • Leukaemia
    • What is it?
      • cancer of the white blood cells
      • Acute - short term
      • Chronic - long term
    • Symptoms
      • pale skin
      • tiredness
      • breathlessness
      • having repeated infections over a short space of time
    • Causes
      • living near a nuclear power station
      • exposure to benzene (a chemical found in petrol and cigarettes)
      • exposure to high levels of radiation
    • Treatment
      • G.P. to diagnose and refer you to a multidisciplinary team in hospital
      • oncologist will give patient chemotherapy to kill the leukaemia cells in the bone marrow
        • either through a central line into large vein near the heart
        • or into the cerebrospinal fluid by placing a needle into the spine
      • in some circumstances, other treatments are given
        • radiotherapy
        • bone marrow or stem cell transplants
      • leukaemia can return if there is a cancerous cell left in the body, so regular injections of chemotherapy medication are given
    • Impact on client
      • Physical
        • become weakened
        • tired, so can't take part in heavy activity
      • Intellectual
        • may struggle to concentrate
        • become more educated about leukaemia
      • Emotional
        • stress
        • struggle with being known as a sick person
        • embarrassment
      • Social
        • might not be able to take part in all social activities
        • isolate themselves because they feel different
      • Financial
        • treatment is time consuming and so they need to take time of work, losing wages

Comments

georgiasadler

this is good but you havent specified whether it is acute leukaemia or chronic leukaemia which are both on the syllabus :)

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