The Two Kinds Of Leukemia And Their Symptoms

There are two types of leukemia: Acute leukemia and Chronic Leukemia.

Acute Leukemia: This is kind of leukemia is common in children and is characterized by the rapid growth in number of immature blood cells. Because of this, the bone marrow will not be able to generate healthy blood cells. Because of the rapid spread of the cancer cells in the body, this requires immediate attention.

Symptoms:

  • Anemia: The person suffers anemia. This is because bone marrow abnormalities cause a low number of blood cell production.
  • Fever: Leukemia can cause a person fever even without the patient contracting any opportunistic infection or pathogen. And because of this, the human body’s immunity system will weaken making the body more susceptible to other infections.
  • Bleeding: Because of the large number of cancer-infected cells passing through the blood vessels as well as the decreased number of platelets and other infections in the human body, the afflicted person will have red spots throughout his or her body.
  • Gastrointestinal Failure: This is often caused by radiation therapy the patient goes through.

Chronic Leukemia: This on the other hand can affect any individual regardless of his or her age. Unlike Acute Leukemia, Chronic Leukemia is monitored first before treatment is done. This type of leukemia takes months and even years for it to completely progress and for this reason, health professionals take their time before taking action so as to make their actions effective. This is characterized by an over-production of mature but abnormal white blood cells.

Symptoms:

  • Early Stage: This does not show any visible symptoms however routine check-up reveals an abnormal blood picture of an enlarged spleen.
  • Secondary Stage: The patient afflicted by the said ailment experiences one or all of the following: fatigue, excessive sweating especially in the evening, gradual weight loss and hyperthyroidism.
  • Advance Stage: The person’s complexion becomes pale as well as his or her lips. There will also be small red spots under the skin, mucous and will develop mass in the tissues of the eye sockets and skull.

Leukemia is a dangerous ailment but then again, it can be treated.

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