Leukemia

Tiffany Amorim

About It:


  • · Leukemia is also known as a blood cancer.
  • Approximately every 4 minutes, someone in the United States is diagnosed with a type of blood cancer.
  • There are 3 main types of blood cancers: Leukemia, cancer that is found in your blood and bone marrow; Lymphoma, blood cancer that affects the lymphatic system; and Myeloma, blood cancer that specifically targets your plasma cells.
  • Leukemia is the 10th most frequently occurring type of cancer in all races or ethnicities.
  • Leukemia targets children and adolescents younger than 20 years old.

Symptoms

Pain: in the bone or joints

Skin: rashes or red spots

Whole body: weakness, sweating, nausea, fever, night sweats, dizziness, chills, or fatigue

Also common: headache, easy bruising, swelling, unintentional weight loss, bleeding, swollen lymph nodes, pallor, nosebleed, mouth ulcer, or shortness of breath
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Treatment

Chemotherapy: Chlorambucil (Leukeran), Etoposide by mouth, Fludarabine by mouth (Oforta)

Chemotherapy regimen by injection: Bendamustine (Treanda), Doxorubicin (Adriamycin), Etoposide (Etopophos), Fludarabine (Fludara), Vincristine

Enzyme: Asparaginase by injection

Source: Mayo Clinic