Blood Cancers

Source:  American Society of Hematology   Blood cancers affect the production and function of your blood cells. Most of these cancers start in your bone marrow where blood is produced. Stem cells in your bone marrow mature and develop into three types of blood cells: red blood cells, white blood […]

Betting on Harry: Boy Diagnosed with Leukemia

Harry is one of my very favorite miracles. He was one of the very first children to sail with Nancy’s Club when he was 3 years old. Seven years later, he is so alive and well and a joy to the world …Nancy   As the parent of a bone […]

Getting Away … Life, Interrupted by Suleika Jaouad

The New York Times May, 2013 Like a lot of other cancer patients lying in hospital beds or in chemotherapy suites, I have spent a fair amount of time fantasizing about jetting off to a tropical island. A certain part of me knew that the fantasy was really about escaping […]

Brotherly Love … Life, Interrupted by Suleika Jaouad

The New York Times There are a lot of things about having cancer in your 20s that feel absurd. One of those instances was when I found myself calling my brother Adam on Skype while he was studying abroad in Argentina to tell him that I had just been diagnosed […]

Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Reviewed by health care specialists at UCSF Medical Center 2013   Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a cancer of primitive white blood cells in the bone marrow. It is the most common type of acute leukemia seen in adults, accounting for 80 percent of such cases. There are two major […]

Myeloproliferative neoplasms, or MPNs

Reviewed by health care specialists at UCSF Medical Center 2013   Myeloproliferative neoplasms, or MPNs — also called myeloproliferative disorders, or MPDs — are a collection of blood disorders that are believed to be caused by mutations in bone marrow stem cells. These stem cells normally give rise to mature […]

Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS)

Reviewed by health care specialists at UCSF Medical Center.\ 2013   Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) refer to a group of disorders in which the bone marrow stem cells — the primitive cells that give rise to all the different types of blood cells — are defective, causing an inadequate production of […]

Leukemia

Reviewed by health care specialists at UCSF Medical Center.   Leukemia is cancer of the body’s blood-forming tissues, including the bone marrow and lymph system. When this condition occurs, bone marrow produces a large number of abnormal white blood cells — or, in some cases, a large number of red […]