At Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, our knowledgeable, caring staff is here to support you and your family. We provide you with the leukemia information, support and resources you need to make informed decisions about your health.
As with all types of cancer, the earlier leukemia is found, the better the treatment outcome. If you notice signs or symptoms of leukemia, make an appointment with your doctor.
While often thought of as a childhood cancer, leukemia is actually more common in adults. Signs and symptoms of leukemia are similar in both children and adults and often overlooked, attributing ailments to the flu and other common illnesses. Signs of leukemia vary depending on the type, although some patients don’t experience symptoms during the early stages. In some cases, leukemia symptoms develop slowly and in other cases rapid onset of symptoms may occur. Early symptoms may be overlooked as they mirror other common illnesses.
Anemia is a common occurrence for patients with acute leukemia. Anemia is a blood condition in which your body has a decreased number of oxygen-carrying red blood cells. Symptoms of anemia include:
Experiencing these symptoms doesn’t always mean you have leukemia so speak with a Banner MD Anderson health care provider if any changes in your health are concerning you – especially if you have flu-like symptoms for longer than usual. Our patient-focused approach ensures you get the support you need at all stages of your care.
Banner MD Anderson uses the latest research and technologies to ensure you have access to the best diagnostic tests available. If diagnosed with leukemia, our caring team of experts will help you understand the type of leukemia you have and the most effective treatment options.
Leukemia may be either acute or chronic. Chronic leukemia progresses more slowly. Acute leukemia progresses rapidly and requires immediate treatment. Leukemia type matters because each type affects the body in a different way, has different symptoms and requires different treatment approaches.