Leukemia or leukaemia (see spelling differences) is a cancer of the blood or bone marrow characterized by an abnormal proliferation of blood cells, usually white blood cells (leukocytes). It is part of the broad group of diseases called hematological neoplasms. Symptoms Damage to the bone marrow, by way of displacing the normal marrow cells with increasing numbers of malignant cells, results in a lack of blood platelets, which are important in the blood clotting process. This means peop ...
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Signs and symptoms
... Signs and symptoms for each type of leukemia differ, but common symptoms include: Fever or chills Persistent fatigue, weakness Frequent infections Loss of appetite or weight Swollen lymph nodes, enlar...
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... Doctors classify leukemia in two ways. The first is by how fast the leukemia progresses: Acute leukemia. In acute leukemia, the abnormal blood cells are immature blood cells (blasts). They can''t carr...
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Risk factors
... These factors place you at an increased risk of developing some types of leukemia: Cancer therapy. People who''ve had certain types of chemotherapy and radiation therapy for other cancers have a sligh...
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When to seek medical advice
... Persistent fatigue, weight loss, easy bruising and bleeding, swollen lymph glands, and fever are possible indications of leukemia. If you have these symptoms, see your doctor to determine the underlyi...
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Screening and diagnosis
... Doctors often find chronic leukemia in a routine blood test, before symptoms begin. If this happens, or if you or your child has symptoms that suggest leukemia, you may undergo the following diagnosti...
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