Symptoms of Leukemia

The leukemia symptoms you experience will be affected by how many leukemia cells are in your body and where the cells have collected. They may include:

  • Shortness of breath when walking or at rest
  • Swollen lymph nodes that usually don't hurt (especially lymph nodes in the neck or armpit)
  • Fevers or night sweats 
  • Frequent infections or poor healing of minor cuts
  • Feeling very weak or tired
  • Bleeding and bruising easily (bleeding gums, purplish patches in the skin or tiny red spots under the skin called petechiae)
  • Swelling or discomfort in the abdomen (from a swollen spleen or liver)
  • Weight loss for no known reason
  • Pain in the bones or joints or back
  • Headaches, new numbness or tingling
  • Spots or lumps on the skin

Diagnosing leukemia

If you have symptoms of leukemia, you need to be evaluated by a team of experts who specialize in this complex disease.

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