Leukemia


Leukemia treatment is used to remove an abnormal increase of immature white blood cells in the blood and is performed at Mid Florida Cancer Centers. Chemotherapy is a common form of treatment for leukemia. Sometimes, it is necessary to have blood or platelet transfusions before chemotherapy. Leukemia treatment is designed to get rid of the leukemia and then to prevent the leukemia from coming back. Since there are many types of leukemia, a physician will be able to explain the treatments suitable for your case.

Leukemia Symptoms

Many symptoms of Leukemia are non-specific. Oftentimes, patients will feel as if they have the flu. Symptoms are caused by too many abnormal white blood cells. Possible symptoms of Leukemia can include the following:

  • General weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Unexplainable weight loss
  • Frequent infections
  • Bruising or bleeding easily
  • Blood in urine or stools
  • Pain in the joints or bones
  • Breathlessness
  • Swollen lymph glands (rare symptom)
  • Discomfort or bloating in the abdomen
  • Bleeding from the gums or nose
  • A fine rash of dark red spots

Leukemia Causes

For most Leukemia cases, there is no known direct cause. However, the following risk factors may increase the risk for developing Leukemia:

  • Radiation exposure
  • Exposure to benzene
  • Smoking and alcohol abuse
  • Genetic conditions
  • Past chemotherapy
  • Viruses
  • Being overweight
  • Paint exposure
  • Weakened immunity
  • Blood disorders
  • Electromagnetic fields

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