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What are symptoms of leukemia?

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Many types of leukemia have no obvious symptoms early on. Over time, you may notice symptoms like:

  • Anemia and related symptoms, such as tiredness and a general feeling of illness.
  • A tendency to bruise or bleed easily, including from the gums or nose, or blood in the stool or urine.
  • Tendency to infections, such as sore throat or bronchial pneumonia.
  • Swollen lymph nodes, typically in the throat, armpits, or groin.
  • Loss of appetite and weight.
  • Discomfort under the left lower ribs (caused by a swollen spleen).
  • Visual problems due to retinal hemorrhage, ringing of the ears, long-lasting erection (priapism).

From: Understanding Leukemia -- Symptoms WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

American Cancer Society: "Learn About Cancer (Detailed Guide): Leukemia--Acute Lymphocitic."

American Cancer Society: "Learn About Cancer: Leukemia - Acute Myeloid (AML)."

American Cancer Society: "Learn About Cancer: Leukemia - Chronic Lymphocytic (CLL)."

American Cancer Society: "Learn About Cancer: Leukemia - Chronic Myeloid (CML)."

American Cancer Society: "Learn About Cancer: Leukemia in Children."

National Cancer Institute: "Leukemia."

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: "Leukemia."

Reviewed by William Blahd on July 12, 2017

SOURCES: 

American Cancer Society: "Learn About Cancer (Detailed Guide): Leukemia--Acute Lymphocitic."

American Cancer Society: "Learn About Cancer: Leukemia - Acute Myeloid (AML)."

American Cancer Society: "Learn About Cancer: Leukemia - Chronic Lymphocytic (CLL)."

American Cancer Society: "Learn About Cancer: Leukemia - Chronic Myeloid (CML)."

American Cancer Society: "Learn About Cancer: Leukemia in Children."

National Cancer Institute: "Leukemia."

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: "Leukemia."

Reviewed by William Blahd on July 12, 2017

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