When it comes to leukemia, the initial symptoms can sometimes be difficult to recognize because the early indicators of this disease are often similar to the flu. Furthermore, with chronic myeloid or lymphocytic leukemia, the abnormal leukemia cells can function almost as well as normal white blood cells. As a result, many people with this condition only learn there is a problem when they have routine blood work done.
With that said, some of the most common, general leukemia symptoms include:
- Weakness or a feeling of being tired
- A quickness to bruise, or blood does not clot quickly
- Pinpoint blood spots under the skin, known as petechiae
- A shortness of breath
- Pain deep within the bones or in the stomach
- Weight loss accompanied by a loss of appetite
- Lumps in the neck, underarm, stomach or groin that are painless
Of course, many of these signs and symptoms are relatively benign, and the only way to be certain that the source is leukemia is to visit a specialist for a full evaluation and diagnosis. At Moffitt Cancer Center’s Malignant Hematology Program, our multispecialty leukemia team is highly experienced in identifying and treating with all types of leukemia. Our team will be able to diagnose your condition, determine the proper treatment and answer any questions that you might have about leukemia. As the only National Cancer Institute-recognized Comprehensive Cancer Center based in Florida, we are able to offer a number of innovative treatments and clinical trials you can’t find anywhere else in the region.
To learn more about the most common leukemia symptoms, call 1-888-MOFFITT and schedule an appointment with one of our oncologists specializing in leukemia. Or, use our convenient new patient registration form online. You never need a referral to visit Moffitt Cancer Center.