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Fanconi Anemia
A rare inherited type of aplastic anemia, which carries an increased risk to the patient of developing leukemia. May be treated by a bone marrow transplant.

Folic Acid
A form of vitamin B obtained from green leafy vegetables, e.g. spinach. It is essential for synthesis of DNA and therefore the growth and division of cells.

Folic Acid Antagonist
A chemical, which inhibits a cell's capacity to use folic acid and so, prevent cell division, for example methotrexate. See also chemotherapy.

Fungus
An infective agent such as a mould or yeast, causing particular problems in immunosuppressed patients. See candida.

 

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The information in this glossary is cited with permission from the Leukemia Research Foundation web site.

 

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