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Leukaemias are a family of haematologic malignancies that are associated with substantial involvement of the bone marrow, usually with accompanying abnormalities in the peripheral blood. They arise from haematopoietic progenitors in the bone marrow and can be subdivided according to the type of progenitor they affect (e.g., lymphoid vs. myeloid), the genetic abnormalities found within affected cells, their rate of disease progression (i.e., acute vs. chronic) and miscellaneous other characteristics. There are four major subtypes of leukaemia, based on these classification systems:

They are usually treated with chemotherapy and/or targeted therapies

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