Leukemia is a rather broad term that is used for defining a set of cancer cells that affect the different parts of the body. It is mostly a form of blood cancer and affects your blood cells. Common symptoms here include swelling of the nodes, weight loss, night sweats, feeling of extreme weakness and tiredness and also abdominal swelling.
HOW IS LEUKEMIA DIAGNOSED?
An oncology specialist who suspects leukaemia may check for enlarged lymph nodes in your neck, groin or underarms. Complete blood count and blood chemistry is done as well as bone marrow aspiration test and biopsy. If blood tests confirm leukaemia, the type of leukaemia is diagnosed with special tests in order to plan the course of treatment.
HOW IS LEUKEMIA TREATED?
Treatment of leukemia depends on the type of leukemia, certain features of the leukemia cells, the extent of the disease and prior history of treatment, as well as the age and health of the patient. Most patients with leukemia are treated with chemotherapy. Some patients also may have radiation therapy and/or bone marrow transplantation.
DID YOU KNOW?
This is a life threatening disease and available solutions are known to prevent the risk of Leukemia.