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Childhood Leukemia Symptoms

Many times, leukemia does not have symptoms in the early stages. When it does have signs, they vary from child to child and according to the type of leukemia. If there are symptoms, they may include:

  • Fatigue or weakness
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Lost appetite; unexplained weight loss
  • Night sweats
  • Frequent infections
  • Easy bruising or bleeding
  • Swollen or tender lymph nodes
  • Anemia
  • Tiny red spots under the skin (petechiae)
  • Bone or joint pain

Symptoms of acute lymphoblastic leukemia may also include painless lumps under the skin in the groin, underarm or neck, and/or pain under the ribs.

These symptoms do not always mean you have leukemia. However, it is important to discuss any symptoms with your doctor, since they may signal other health problems.

If your child has been diagnosed with leukemia, we’re here to help. Call 1-877-632-6789 to make an appointment or request an appointment online.

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