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What are hematologic cancers?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Hematologic cancers are a group of malignant diseases that arise from cells in the bone marrow or lymphatic tissues. Malignant diseases are characterized by abnormal (cancerous) cells that divide uncontrollably, producing much larger quantities than the body needs. The cancerous cells in hematologic cancers are derived from types of white blood cells. Hematologic cancers may also be referred to as blood cancers. They primarily include leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma. In the United States, they currently account for approximately 10 percent of newly diagnosed cancers and close to 10 percent of cancer deaths.

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