Health Topics: Cancer
Dr. David Jacobsohn is the division chief of Blood and Marrow Transplantation at Children's National.
Christopher Melkonian was six years old when he came down with a low-grade fever and diffuse bone pain. Unsure of what was happening, his parents Darlene and David took him to Children’s National Health System and soon found out that Christopher had acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), a type of blood and bone marrow cancer that affects white blood cells.
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Megaloblastic anemia is a type of anemia characterized by very large red blood cells. In addition to the cells being large, the inner contents of each cell are not completely developed.
The most common cause of anemia worldwide is iron deficiency.
Hemolytic anemia is a disorder in which the red blood cells are destroyed faster than the bone marrow can produce them.