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What are different symptoms of leukemia ?

Leukemia is a disease that affects both children and adults. It begins in the bone marrow and spreads to other parts of the body. Leukemia symptoms can occur all of a sudden or gradually progress.
Symptoms of the illness vary widely, as there are a few different types of leukemia, and additionally, symptoms of leukemia in children differ from symptoms of leukemia in adults. When symptoms of leukemia first appear, the patient should not immediately assume he or she has cancer, as the early symptoms are vague and can be assumed to be signs of a number of illnesses or problems.

Blood clotting is poor – As immature white blood cells crowd out blood platelets, which are crucial for blood clotting, the patient may bruise or bleed easily and heal slowly.

Affected immune system – The patient’s white blood cells, which are crucial for fighting off infection, may be suppressed or not working properly. The patient may experience frequent infections, or his immune system may attack other good body cells.

Anemia – As the shortage of good red blood cells grows the patient may suffer from anemia – this may lead to difficult or labored respiration (dyspnea) and pallor (skin has a pale color caused by illness).

Other symptoms – Patients may also experience nausea, fever, chills, night sweats, flu-like symptoms, and tiredness. If the liver or spleen becomes enlarged the patient may feel full and will eat less, resulting in weight loss. Headache is more common among patients whose cancerous cells have invaded the CNS (central nervous system).

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