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    Leukemia - Symptoms

    Symptoms of acute leukemia depend on how much the cancer has grown. They may include:

    • A new lump or swollen gland in your neck, under your arm, or in your groin.
    • Frequent nosebleeds, bleeding from the gums or rectum, more frequent bruising, or very heavy menstrual bleeding.
    • Frequent fevers.
    • Night sweats.
    • Bone pain.
    • Unexplained appetite loss or recent weight loss.
    • Feeling tired a lot without a known reason.
    • Swelling and pain on the left side of the belly.

    The chronic forms of leukemia often cause no symptoms until much later in the disease. And when symptoms appear, they usually appear gradually.

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    Childhood Leukemia

    Childhood leukemia, the most common type of cancer in children and teens, is a cancer of the white blood cells. Abnormal white blood cells form in the bone marrow. They quickly travel through the bloodstream and crowd out healthy cells. This increases the body's chances of infection and other problems. As tough as it is for a child to have cancer, it's good to know that most children and teens with childhood leukemia can be successfully treated.

    Read the Childhood Leukemia article > >

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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