Hematology is the study, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases related to the blood. These diseases can affect different parts of the blood – including red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, or plasma – and prevent blood from doing its normal jobs within the body. Take this quiz to test your knowledge about these diseases and learn more about advancements in research and treatment.
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1. What is the most common type of adult leukemia? 1
2. How many different types of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) are there?2
3. True or False? One approach to the treatment of certain blood cancers is to trigger cancer cell “suicide”.
4. Approximately how many people in the United States are living with a form of lymphoma?3
5. True or False? Fossil records show evidence of the effects of blood cancer, and an illness similar to leukemia was observed by the ancient Greeks.
6. Antibodies are powerful tools because they can recognize a disease target among billions. Which type of antibody can bind to more than one target to fight a disease?
7. True or False? The first targeted cancer therapy ever approved by the FDA was a monoclonal antibody for treating a blood cancer.
8. What measure of a medicine’s efficacy uses newer, highly sensitive technologies to search for traces of certain blood cancers?
9. A form of chemical warfare used in World War I was found to stop new blood cells from forming. This led to the idea that in limited doses, these poisonous compounds might be harnessed to fight blood cancer. Which chemical agent was it?
10. In the past 45 years there has been a ____ increase in the number of people living with or beyond cancers, including blood cancer.3
1 SEER Cancer Statistics Factsheets: Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. National Cancer Institute. Retrieved July 15, 2015, from http://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/clyl.html.
2 Campo E, Swerdlow SH, Harris NL, Pileri S, Stein H, Jaffe ES. (2011). The 2008 WHO classification of lymphoid neoplasms and beyond: evolving concepts and practical applications. Blood, 117(19):5019-32
3 (2014). Cancer Treatment & Survivorship Facts & Figures. American Cancer Society. Retrieved 2015, from http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/content/@research/documents/document/acspc-042801.pdf