What You Need To Know About Leukemia

What is leukemia? Leukemia is cancer that starts in the tissues that form blood. To understand cancer, it is useful to know what normal blood cells to form. Scientists know that leukemia is more common ….

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What You Need To Know About Leukemia, Contents:

  • About This Booklet 1
  • What Is Leukemia? 2
  • Types of Leukemia 4
  • Risk Factors 6
  • Symptoms 8
  • Diagnosis 9
  • Treatment 12
  • Second Opinion 25
  • Supportive Care 26
  • Nutrition and Physical Activity 27
  • Follow-up Care 28
  • Sources of Support 29
  • Taking Part in Cancer Research 31
  • Dictionary 33
  • National Cancer Institute Information Resources 47
  • National Cancer Institute Publications 48

Types of Leukemia:

  • Leukemia Cells
  • Chronic leukemia
  • Acute leukemia
  • Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)
  • Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML)
  • Acute lymphocytic (lymphoblastic) leukemia (ALL)
  • Acute myeloid leukemia (AML)

Common symptoms of chronic or acute leukemia may include:

  • Swollen lymph nodes that usually don’t hurt (especially lymph nodes in the neck or armpit)
  • Fevers or night sweats
  • Frequent infections
  • Feeling weak or tired
  • Bleeding and bruising easily (bleeding gums, purplish patches in the skin, or tiny red spots under the skin)
  • Swelling or discomfort in the abdomen (from a swollen spleen or liver)
  • Weight loss for no known reason
  • Pain in the bones or joints
Download What You Need To Know About Leukemia pdf from www.cancer.gov, 55 pages, 325.8KB.
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