Sunday, January 18, 2009

Leukemia... a simple definition

What is Leukemia....? Simply defined, it is a cancer of your body's blood forming tissue or bone marrow where the white blood cells are affected most often.

White blood cells fight infection for us. When you have leukemia, those cells are produced by your bone marrow in an abnormal form, hence they no longer fight infection.

Leukemia can cause a great deal of concern and treatment can be very complex. Leukemia does not only affect children, adults can be diagnosed with the disease as well.

There are different types of Leukemia and it can be acute or chronic. The acute forms need the more aggressive and timely treatment. The chronic types may go unnoticed or undiagnosed for years.

Here are common leukemia symptoms:

  • Fever or chills
  • persistent fatigue or weakness
  • frequent infections
  • loss of appetite or loss of weight
  • swollen lymph nodes
  • easy bruising or bleeding
  • shortness of breath when you are climbing stairs or very active
  • excessive sweating especially at night
  • bone pain or tenderness

The severity of symptoms depend on the number of abnormal white blood cells and where they collect. Symptoms may go undetected at first because they resemble the symptoms of the flu or other common illness. Persistent symptoms should be checked by your physician. It is important to follow your instincts as well. If you feel there is something more serious going on with your child or yourself, discuss this with your doctor. Second opinions may also be sought.

If in doubt, check it out.


Marco said...

I like this kind of articles, some time ago when I was in college conducted a similar study on lymphoma leukemia, it is very interesting, thanks for sharing the info...

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