Leukemia: Symptoms

When the body produces more abnormal cells, it makes fewer white blood cells that are needed to fight off illness. This generally results in lingering fevers and infections.

As red blood cells are crowded out of the marrow, a leukemia patient may also develop anemia. As a result, the individual may look pale, feel tired or short of breath, bruise easily, or bleed more than usual after injury.

Common symptoms of leukemia include

  • Fevers and night sweats
  • Infections
  • Shortness of breath
  • Easy Bruising
  • Bleeding
  • Ongoing exhaustion or fatigue
  • General weakness
  • Weight loss
  • Joint pain
  • Swollen or tender lymph nodes
  • Increased size of the liver or spleen
  • Swollen or bleeding gums

In acute leukemia, abnormal cells can affect the brain and spinal cord, causing headaches, blurred vision, double vision, vomiting, or confusion.