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How is leukemia different from other cancers?

Leukemia is a cancer of the white blood cells. White blood cells as well as red blood cells and platelets form in the bone marrow. Bone marrow is the soft part of the middle of bones. Other cancers are usually limited to one organ like the bowel or lung. These other "solid" cancers may be removed with surgery. The drug therapies may also differ between other cancers and leukemia.

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