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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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Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) is a rare cancer that affects blood cells and bone marrow. That’s the soft part inside the bone where blood cells are made. Treatment may help you go into remission. For most people, that doesn't mean the cancer is completely gone, but it does mean that it’s less active than before. Remission can last for many years. CML usually starts in middle age or later. Its symptoms tend to come on gradually. Many of them, like being tired, losing weight without trying,...

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    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
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