Veteran Star Actor, Adam West, passed on Friday night, after a short battle with Leukaemia. He was 88years old.
“Our dad always saw himself as The Bright Knight, and aspired to make a positive impact on his fans’ lives. He was and always will be our hero,” his family said in a statement.
His family took to facebook to share this short but heartfelt message about the late actor;
“It’s with great sadness that we are sharing this news…Adam West passed away peacefully last night after a short but brave battle with leukemia. He was a beloved father, husband, grandfather, and great-grandfather. There are no words to describe how much we’ll miss him. We know you’ll miss him too and we want you to know how much your love and support meant to him throughout the years. Hug your loved ones today.”
WHAT IS LEUKAEMIA?
Leukaemia is a blood cancer, affecting blood forming tissues and leads to the over-production of abnormal white blood cells, the part of the immune system which defends the body against infection.
Blood cells are formed in the bone marrow, the spongy tissue found inside the bones. Blood-forming stem cells divide to produce either more stem cells or immature cells that become mature blood cells over time. A blood stem cell may become a myeloid stem cell or a lymphoid stem cell.
A myeloid stem cell becomes one of three types of mature blood cells:
- Red blood cells that carry oxygen to all tissues of the body.
- Platelets that form blood clots to stop bleeding.
- Granulocytes (white blood cells) that fight infection and disease.
A lymphoid stem cell becomes a lymphoblast cell and then one of three types of lymphocytes (white blood cells):
- B lymphocytes that make antibodies to help fight infection.
- T lymphocytes that help B lymphocytes make the antibodies that help fight infection.
- Natural killer cells that attack cancer cells and viruses.
Leukaemia affects white blood cells and can be classified by the type of white cell affected (myeloid or lymphatic) and by the way the disease progresses (acute or chronic). Acute and chronic do not refer to how serious the disease is but to how rapidly it progresses.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
Signs and symptoms of leukaemia (and blood cancers generally are notoriously vague and non-specific). There are no specific signs or symptoms of any type of leukaemia which would allow a doctor to make a diagnosis without laboratory tests.
In all types of leukaemia, symptoms are more commonly caused by lack of normal blood cells than by the presence of abnormal white cells. As the bone marrow becomes full of leukaemia cells, it is unable to produce the large numbers of normal blood cells which the body needs. This leads to:
- Anaemia – due to lack of red blood cells
- Weakness, tiredness, shortness of breath, light-headedness, palpitations
- Infections – due to lack of normal white blood cells
- Infections are more frequent, more severe and last longer
- Fever, malaise (general feeling of illness) and sweats
- Purpura (small bruises in skin), heavy periods, nosebleeds, bleeding gums
- Bleeding and bruising – due to lack of platelets
Read more about Leukaemia.
Source: Medical Daily