What Is Leukemia?
Leukemia is a cancer of blood forming tissues, hindering the ability of the body to fight infection.
Leukemia is rare compared to other diseases of the body.
Leukemia affects approximately 20,000 to 200,000 people in the United States per year.
Leukemia always requires lab tests or imaging of the cells, tissues, and organs of the body.
Leukemia requires a medical diagnosis from a doctor or medical professional.
Leukemia is treatable by a doctor or medical professional.
Symptoms of Leukemia
Many patients with slow growing types of leukemia do not have symptoms. Rapidly growing types of leukemia may cause symptoms that include fatigue, weight loss, frequent infections, and easy bleeding or bruising.
People With Leukemia May Experience:
1) Pain in the bone or joints.
2) Whole body chills, dizziness, fatigue, fever, nausea, night sweats, weakness, or sweating.
3) Gastrointestinal symptoms such as blood in stool or diarrhea.
4) Skin rashes or red spots.
5) Common symptoms also include bleeding, easy bruising, headache, mouth ulcer, nosebleed, shortness of breath, swelling, swollen lymph nodes, or unintentional weight loss.
Leukemia Is Treatable By A Doctor Or Medical Professional
Treatment for Leukemia is highly variable. For slow growing types of leukemia, treatment may include monitoring. For aggressive types of leukemia, treatment may include chemotherapy that is sometimes followed by radiation and stem cell transplants.
Medical Specialists That Focus On Treating And Curing Leukemia
Hematology pathologist: specializes in diagnosing blood disorders.
Oncologist: specializes in cancer.
Pediatric hematologist-oncology: treats blood disorders and cancer in children.
Hematologist: focuses on diagnosing and treating blood disorders.