Blood Cancer Symptoms : Symptoms Of Blood CancerWhat are the symptoms of blood cancer
The symptoms of blood cancer or leukaemia vary greatly, depending on the exact type of disease and how advanced it is. Few or no symptoms may occur in the early stages, especially in people with chronic leukaemia. Many symptoms are vague, such as fever, headaches, weight loss and night sweats. The different types of leukaemia develop in different ways. Acute leukaemias progress rapidly, whereas in chronic leukaemia, symptoms take longer to develop and the decline is far less swift.
The different types of leukaemia develop in different ways. Acute leukaemias progress rapidly, whereas in chronic leukaemia, symptoms take longer to develop and the decline is far less swift. Some of the symptoms of lymphomas can be very similar to those of leukaemia. Hodgkin's and non-Hodgkin's patients also often suffer night sweats, unexplained fevers, fatigue and weight loss. There can also be itchy skin or red patches.
Following are the potential blood cancer symptoms :
- If you have a lot of infections, you may find they are difficult to shake off because you do not have enough healthy white blood cells to fight the bacteria or viruses that have caused the infection. Pain and swelling in the bones, joints or lymph glands is caused by too many abnormal white blood cells collecting there.
- The extra white blood cells can clog up the lymph nodes and spleen, causing them to swell. The spleen is an organ on the left of your body, just under your ribs. If it becomes enlarged, it can be uncomfortable or painful. Your doctor may be able to feel it. If you have an enlarged spleen, you may feel full more quickly than usual because the spleen is squashing your stomach. You may then eat less and lose weight.
- Due to the extra white blood cells using up space in the bone marrow, blood platelets are cramped for space. These normally help to clot the blood, this may cause nosebleeds, bruising or heavy periods.
- The lack of red blood cells which carry oxygen causes anaemia, breathlessness and fatigue.
- The extra white blood cells in the bone marrow increase the pressure inside the bones and can cause bone pain.
- Other symptoms of chronic leukaemia are headaches and eye problems in some people.
If you have any of these symptoms you must have them checked by your GP. Such blood cancer symptoms may be a result of other, less harmful diseases. Most people with these symptoms will not have chronic leukaemia.
Summary of blood cancer symptoms :
Chronic and acute leukaemias have similar symptoms.
- Tiredness, breathlessness and pale skin (due to anaemia, a reduction in number of red cells in the blood).
- Infections that will not get better.
- Swollen lymph nodes, tender to the touch.
- Abnormal bruising or bleeding from gums, nose and cuts (as a result platelet reduction).
- Pain in the bones as a concequence of the cell build up.
- Fever, headaches, weight loss and visual difficulties.
- Swollen testicles.
- Seizures and vomiting.
- Adominal pain.
- A fine rash of dark red spots.
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