Leukemia refers to a cancer of the blood-forming (hematopoietic) tissues found in the body. This cancer starts in the bone marrow and usually spreads quickly into the blood. Over time, leukemia can spread to the lymph nodes, the spleen, the liver, the covering of the brain and spinal cord, the spinal fluid, and other organs. There are two ways to classify leukemia: acute or chronic and lymphoid or myeloid. In acute leukemia, the leukemia cells are derived from early progenitor cells, the immature “blasts.” In chronic leukemia, the leukemia cells are derived from mature lineage-specific, abnormal cells. These cells live longer than normal cells and build up over time, causing tumors. Lymphoid leukemia develops from lymphoblasts or lymphocytes in the b one marrow. Myeloid leukemia develops from myeloid cells in the bone marrow. Consequently, there are four major types of leukemia: acute lymphoid leukemia, acute myeloid leukemia, chronic lymphoid leukemia, and chronic myeloid leukemia.
Hematological Oncology Cells & Tissue
AllCells specializes in highly purified mononuclear cells from peripheral blood and bone marrow. We also provide specifically selected leukemia blood cells from patients. These samples are made available from newly diagnosed patients and can be provided in frozen, fresh formats depending on availability.
All diseased cells and tissue products are obtained from volunteers participating in an Institutional Review Board (IRB) or Human Subject Committee approved donor program. Donors sign an informed consent from and are aware of the fact that these samples are used for research purposes only. Donors must be over the age of 18.
Please note that due to the nature of the disease and sensitivity of the cancer patients, product availability is limited.For custom collections including Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma click here.