Related blood disorders
Related blood disorders are rare and varied. All involve defective cells arising from the bone marrow.
The bone marrow is a busy and complex system of cells, cell products and chemicals – all required to produce components of your blood and immune system. Each day billions of cells are produced. Each cell is produced to perform a specific function. These cells need to be replicated exactly to ensure the proper functions of the blood and immune systems are performed.
Each day many cells are produced that are defective. The body has an amazing ability to detect these faulty cells and either repair them or destroy them, ensuring only the correct ones survive. Occasionally, faulty ones can be produced that the body does not detect, and if these are allowed to replicate themselves, blood disorders can occur. In other people, genetic patterns exist at birth that cause the bone marrow to produce faulty cells. These conditions are called congenital conditions - ones you are born with. These conditions may or may not be passed down in families.
As all cells in the body have very complex DNA that determines what the cell looks like and how it functions, damage, faults or changes in the DNA can lead to a wide variety of disorders. Each of these disorders are rare. To help us develop treatments, and get an understanding of the likely course of the disorder, they are often grouped together and given a disease name. So each disease type have characteristics in common, but the course of the disease and the response to treatments can be individual.
While much of the work done by the Leukaemia Foundation involves blood cancers, we are still dedicated to the cure and care of the rarer ‘related’ blood disorders.
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