SIMON FRASER / ROYAL VICTORIA INFIRMARY, NEWCASTLE / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY SIMON FRASER / ROYAL VICTORIA INFIRMARY, NEWCASTLE / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Down's syndrome man. A 34 year old Down's Syndrome male patient has his hand bandaged by a nurse after receiving chemotherapy. He has a catheter attached to peripheral blood vessels in his hand. Down's syndrome is a chromosomal abnormality resulting in mental handicap and a characteristic physical appearance. People with Down's syndrome also have a higher- than-average incidence of heart defects, congenital deafness, and acute leukaemia. This patient is suffering from acute myeloid leukaemia, a cancer of white blood cells. Chemotherapy involves the use of cytotoxic drugs.
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