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 metastasis. 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. ©2014 Empathia, Inc.