This book includes full-color photographs, glossary, sidebars, further reading, web sites, references, and an index. Leukemia, or cancer of the blood or bone marrow, occurs in both acute and chronic forms. While the exact causes of the disease are not known, several risk factors have been identified. There are four major types of leukemia: acute myeloid leukemia (AML), chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), acute lymphoid leukemia (ALL), and chronic lymphoid leukemia (CLL), and treatments include chemotherapy, radiation, and bone marrow transplants. ""Leukemia"" discusses the science of leukemia, theories about its causes, the history of the disease, and the current treatments and how they work.
Author and consulting editor Donna M. Bozzone, Ph.D., is a professor of biology at Saint Michael's College. She earned her B.S. in biology from Manhattan College and her M.A. and Ph.D., both in biology, from Princeton University. An author of more than 25 publications, Dr. Bozzone is also a member of the Publication Review Panel for the Journal of College Science Teaching and an ad hoc reviewer for American Biology Teacher, as well as the consulting editor for Chelsea House's The Biology of Cancer series. She lives in Vermont.