Savanna Gillis

What Is Leukemia?

Leukemia is a cancer of your body's bone marrow and blood forming tissues. Leukemia causes your bone marrow to create irregular white blood cells, which do not function correctly.

How Common Is Leukemia?

Leukemia represents around 2% of all cancers, and is more commonly found in children.

Of all childhood cancer patients, around 1/3 will be diagnosed with leukemia.

Warning Signs of Leukemia

  • Chills or a fever, as if you have a cold
  • Feeling Weak or having a constant feeling of fatigue
  • Severe Infections
  • Swelling of organs such as the liver or spleen
  • Bleeding or bruising easier
  • Small red spots appearing on your skin
  • Night sweats
  • Headaches
  • Weight loss

How Do I Treat Leukemia?

  • Chemotherapy
  • Bio Therapy
  • Targeted Therapy
  • Radiation Therapy

What Can I Expect From Leukemia?

The life expectancy will vary depending on the patient, on average...

  • Low risk patients will survive more than 10 years
  • Intermediate risk patients will survive around 7 years
  • High risk will survive from 2 to 5 years

Leukemia can be unpredictable and there is no guaranteed life expectancy

Why Should I Know About Leukemia?

The exact cause of leukemia is unknown as of now, and there's a chance, even if small, that you or someone you know could develop it in your lifetime. Awareness is the first step to understanding this life threatening disease.