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Leukemia Symptoms

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

  • Unexplained fever
  • Persistent fatigue or feeling of weakness
  • Unintentional weight loss, loss of appetite
  • Easy bruising or bleeding, unexplained nose bleeds
  • Shortness of breath
  • Petechiae (tiny red spots under the skin caused by bleeding)
  • Swollen lymph glands
  • Anemia (low red blood cell counts)
  • Night sweats
  • Bone or joint pain
  • Recurring infections

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 you have 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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  • New approaches that may increase chances for successful leukemia treatment
  • More than 150 active clinical trials for leukemia, many not available elsewhere
  • Access to investigational agents, including targeted therapies, vaccines and “mini” stem cell transplants
  • On-site hematopathology lab and bone marrow aspiration
  • “Fast track” leukemia clinic makes check-ups fast and efficient
  • AML and CLL are part of MD Anderson's Moon Shots Program: an ambitious effort to reduce cancer deaths through the rapid discovery of new treatments

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