In many cases the patients with slow-growing types of leukemias don't have symptoms. But with rapid cases of Leukemia the symptoms are :
- frequent infections
If you experience any of these symptoms you need to see a doctor to have a complete blood count (cbc). This will see if you have any abnormal white blood cells to diagnose what type of Leukemia you might have. To confirm the diagnosis and identify the specific type of leukemia, a needle biopsy and aspiration of bone marrow from a pelvic bone will need to be done to test for leukemic cells, DNA markers, and chromosome changes in the bone marrow.
The most common treatment for Leukemia is chemotherapy (chemotherapy can be injected or taken by mouth) and in some cases radiation or stem-cell transplantation.
The rate of leukemia has not changed much since the 1950s, but more people are living longer, mainly because the advances in treatment. Almost 90 percent of kids diagnosed with the disease attain remission, and more than half are cured completely. Adult patients treated for all have an 80 percent to 90 percent chance of attaining remission; about 40 percent of those who do so survive at least another five years, with a chance of a full cure. People treated for AML have a 60 percent to 70 percent chance of remission; about 20 percent of those survive at least three years, with a possibility of a full cure