Leukemia – Did You Know?

  • There are different types of leukemia that have different treatment options and outlooks.
  • Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) starts in the bone marrow where blood cells are made, and is more common in children than in adults. A few signs of ALL include feeling tired, weak or dizzy, shortness of breath, pale skin, persistent infections, skin bruising, and excess bleeding. Other general symptoms include weight loss, fever, night sweats, loss of appetite.1
  • Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) starts in the bone barrow and often moves into the blood. AML is most common in older adults. A few signs of AML include weight loss, fatigue, fever, night sweats and/or loss of appetite.2
  • Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) accounts for 1/3 of all leukemias, and mainly affects older adults. CLL starts in the white blood cells, called lymphocytes, in the bone marrow. CLL mainly affects older adults. A few signs of CLL include weakness, fatigue, weight loss, chills, fever, night sweats, swollen lymph nodes and pain/fullness in the belly.3
  • Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) accounts for 15% of leukemia in adults. CML starts in the blood-forming cells of bone marrow and invades the blood. A few signs of CML include include weakness, fatigue, night sweats, weight loss, fever, bone pain, enlarged spleen, pain /fullness in the belly.4

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