What Do We Know about Leukemia?

Q:
What do we know about leukemia?

A:
Leukemia, also spelled leukaemia, refers to a group of cancers that start from abnormal white blood cells in the bone marrow. The cells involved are called blasts or leukemia cells which means immature white blood cells.

Symptoms

Patients with leukemia may have symptoms like:

  • Bleeding and bruising problems,
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Increased risk of infections

These symptoms occur as a result of a lack of normal blood cells.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis is typically made by repeated blood tests or bone marrow biopsy. However, sometimes, blood tests may not show any signs of the disease, especially in the early stages.

 

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