Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Udeze Diagnosed with Leukemia

If you haven't heard yet, Kenechi Udeze has been diagnosed with Leukemia. He's receiving care at Fairview Medical Hospital, and he's undergone tests at the Mayo Clinic, so he is receiving the best care possible. Hopefully, they caught it early enough to treat it properly.

According to WebMD, "Leukemia is cancer of the blood cells", and "there are several different types of leukemia. In general, leukemia is grouped by how fast it gets worse and what kind of white blood cell it affects."

  • It may be acute or chronic. Acute leukemia gets worse very fast and may make you feel sick right away. Chronic leukemia gets worse slowly and may not cause symptoms for years.
  • It may be lymphocytic or myelogenous. Lymphocytic (or lymphoblastic) leukemia affects white blood cells called lymphocytes. Myelogenous leukemia affects white blood cells called myelocytes.
Udeze's doctors are still trying to determine what type of Leukemia he has. My thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family.

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