The symptoms for all types of leukemia are the same. They develop and advance rapidly in cases of acute leukemia, but gradually in chronic cases, which tend to also be less severe. Sometimes chronic patients do not exhibit symptoms at the time of diagnosis.
Symptoms common to all types of leukemia include extreme fatigue, unexplained fevers, frequent infections, night sweats, loss of appetite, weight loss, and easy bleeding or bruising.
Leukemia cells collecting in various areas of the body will produce other side effects such as seizures, muscle spasms, headaches, balance problems, vision problems, nausea and/or vomiting, shortness of breath, painful swelling in the neck, underarm, or groin area, pain in the joints and/or bones, painful testicular swelling, stomach pain, and general weakness.
Hodgkin’s and Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
Often, the first sign of a non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a painless swelling of a lymph node in the neck, armpit or groin.
Other symptoms may include any of the following:
night sweats or unexplained high temperatures (fever)
loss of appetite, unexplained weight loss and excessive tiredness
persistent itching of the skin all over the body
children may develop a cough or breathlessness; they may also complain of abdominal pain or a lump in the child’s abdomen.
a painless swelling in the lymph nodes in the neck, underarm, or groin
unexplained recurrent fevers
unexplained weight loss
If you have any of the above symptoms you should have them checked by your doctor.