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Leukemia and Lymphoma
Leukemia and lymphoma are two common forms of cancer.
Leukemia is a cancer of the white blood cells, which help the body fight off infections
and disease. Eventually, so many abnormal white blood cells are produced that the blood
cannot perform its necessary functions. While people of all ages can develop leukemia, it
is one of the most common forms of childhood cancer.
Common symptoms of leukemia include: •
Fever, chills, or frequent infections
Fatigue, weakness, and weight loss
Bone or joint pain
Abdominal discomfort
Small red spots under the skin (petechiae)
Easy or unexplained bruising or bleeding
Lymphoma forms in the lymphatic system, which runs throughout the body and plays an
important role in the immune system. Because the lymphatic system carries fluids
throughout the body, lymphoma can easily spread to other organs or tissues via
Common symptoms of lymphoma include: •
Swollen lymph nodes in the neck, armpits, or groin
Abdominal swelling or pain
Chest pain, coughing, or trouble breathing
Fever or night sweats
Fatigue or weight loss
If you are concerned that you or a family member may be experiencing either of these
conditions, it is important to consult with your physician. Regular checkups will also help
to detect signs of these illnesses.
LifeMatters® is available to provide support and assistance if you or a family member is
coping with a cancer diagnosis. Call 1-800-634-6433 or visit mylifematters.com.
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