2nd October 2019

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What is Blast in cancer?

A phase of chronic myelogenous leukemia in which tiredness, fever, and an enlarged spleen occur during the blastic phase, when more than 30% of the cells in the blood or bone marrow are blast cells (immature blood cells).

So, what causes blast cells in blood?

Bone Marrow Blast Cells. In healthy bone marrow, blood-forming cells known as hematopoietic stem cells develop into red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets through a process called hematopoiesis. In the myeloid cell line, the term "blast cell" refers to myeloblasts or myeloid blasts.

What is a blast in a CBC?

The CBC may show abnormally high or abnormally low white blood cell counts. In addition, there may be abnormalities of the red blood cells or platelets. In some cases, there may be blasts (immature white blood cells) present in the CBC. In most cases, the diagnosis of leukemia is confirmed by a bone marrow biopsy.

What is a leukemia blast?

Leukemia - Chronic Myeloid - CML: Phases. To help doctors plan treatment and predict prognosis, which is the chance of recovery, CML is divided into 3 different phases: chronic, accelerated, or blast. Chronic phase. The blood and bone marrow contain less than 10% blasts. Blasts are immature white blood cells.
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