Symptoms typical of leukemia do not exist. However, various complaints can be an indication of a possible disease.
In Germany, around 13,700 people are diagnosed with leukemia every year. According to the German Cancer Society, leukemia stands for a group of cancers of the hematopoietic system. These differ greatly from each other in terms of frequency, causes, treatment options and prospects of recovery. In addition, there are no symptoms typical of leukemia. However, symptoms may occur that may indicate leukemia. These vary depending on the type of leukemia or differ in their severity.
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Fever, fatigue and an increased tendency to infection can be signs of leukemia. © Cavan Images/IMAGO
A distinction is made between myeloid and lymphocytic leukemias – depending on the type from which the leukemia cells emerge. Of these two types of leukemia, there is an acute and a chronic form. In acute leukemia, symptoms usually occur abruptly and out of seemingly perfect health. These are often fever and severe symptoms of illness. In contrast, symptoms of chronic leukemia always begin insidiously. For a long time, patients may feel little or no disturbance in their everyday lives. It often happens that chronic leukemias are detected during routine examinations. The following symptoms can also provide an indication of a possible disease:
- Conspicuous skin pallor
- bleeding tendency (e.g. bruising, bruising, bleeding nose or gums); Bleeding that is difficult to stop (for example, after going to the dentist) or tiny punctate bleeding (especially on the arms and legs)
- Anemia (as a result, tiredness, fatigue, loss of performance)
- Shortness of breath even with only moderate physical exertion
- Loss of appetite, weight loss
- Bone pain
- Skin changes, rashes
- Increased susceptibility to infections
- Swollen lymph nodes (such as those on the neck, groin, or armpits)
- Enlarged spleen, enlarged liver
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Leukemia: If you have any symptoms, you should consult a doctor and have the cause clarified
If you observe one or more of the symptoms described, it does not mean that leukemia is the trigger, as the symptoms can also occur in harmless diseases. However, you should definitely have a doctor clarify the cause behind it.
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