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Leukemia | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the signs and symptoms of the disease?

As the cancer grows, the bone marrow will become less able to make blood components. Symptoms may develop as the bone marrow fails to make these components. The symptoms will develop more quickly in a person with acute leukemia. Symptoms of chronic leukemia may develop more slowly. Some common symptoms include:

  • anemia, or a low red blood cell count
  • bleeding problems due to poorly working blood clotting cells, called platelets
  • loss of normal white blood cell function, which increases the risk of infection
  • a need for red blood cell transfusions

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    Leukemia: Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors


    Leukemia: Diagnosis & Tests

    Author: Miriam P. Rogers, EdD, RN, AOCN, CNS
    Reviewer: Adam Brochert, MD
    Date Reviewed: 08/06/01

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