Leukaemia vs Cancer - What's the difference?

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Leukaemia is a hyponym of cancer.

As nouns the difference between leukaemia and cancer

is that leukaemia is (uk|oncology) (leukemia) while cancer is (medicine|oncology|disease) a disease in which the cells of a tissue undergo uncontrolled (and often rapid) proliferation.




(en noun)
  • (UK)
  • * 1979 , Medical Association of South Africa, South African Medical Journal , Volume 55, Issues 1-14, page 9,
  • On the other hand, adult respiratory distress syndrome is a prominent complication in patients with acute leukaemia and to this must be added the whole spectrum of opportunistic infections.
  • * 1992', Charles L. Sawyers, ''The bcr-abl Gene in Chronic Myelogenous '''Leukaemia''''', Owen N. Witte (editor), ''Cancer Surveys, Volume 15: Oncogenes in the Development of '''Leukaemia , , page 37,
  • The molecular biologists? vision that the cloning of the chromosomal translocations found in human leukaemias' would lead to the identification of the genes that cause these '''leukaemias''' has become a reality with the demonstration that the fusion protein generated by the chromosomal translocation found in chronic myelogenous '''leukaemia''' (CML) can induce '''leukaemia in mice (Daley ''et al'', 1990; Kelliher ''et al , 1990).
  • * 2009', M. C. G. Israëls, ''The Shortcomings of Animal Research in Leukæmia'', Ciba Foundation Symposium, '''''Leukaemia Research , page 28,
  • In transmitted mouse leukaemia' the cells remain fixed in type, but tissue culture methods applied to human acute ' leukaemias show that these cells are not fixed in type.
  • * 2010 , Sheryl Persson, Smallpox, Syphilis and Salvation: Medical Breakthroughs That Changed the World , Exisle Publishing, NSW, page 283,
  • There are different types of childhood leukaemia', which can be classified as acute or chronic. In children, about 98 per cent of ' leukaemias are acute.



    * (wikipedia "cancer")


    (en noun)
  • (medicine, oncology, disease) A disease in which the cells of a tissue undergo uncontrolled (and often rapid) proliferation.
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  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-22, volume=407, issue=8841, page=76, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Snakes and ladders , passage=Risk is everywhere. From tabloid headlines insisting that coffee causes cancer (yesterday, of course, it cured it) to stern government warnings about alcohol and driving, the world is teeming with goblins. For each one there is a frighteningly precise measurement of just how likely it is to jump from the shadows and get you.}}
  • (figuratively) Something which spreads within something else, damaging the latter.
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    , passage=Sierra Leone's post-dictator problems are almost absurd in their breadth. It once exported rice; now it can't feed itself. The life span of the average citizen is 39, the shortest in Africa. Unemployment stands at 87 percent and tuberculosis is spreading out of control. Corruption, brazen and ubiquitous, is a cancer on the economy.}}


    * (disease) growth, malignancy, neoplasia * (something which spreads) lichen


    * tumor * leukaemia, leukemia

    Derived terms

    (types of cancer) * bowel cancer * breast cancer * colon cancer * leukemia * testicular cancer * lung cancer * prostate cancer * ovarian cancer * skin cancer * cervical cancer

    See also

    * malignant


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