Blood Cancer: Signs and Symptoms
There exist various kinds of blood cancer. The list involves leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and very rare types like, for example, myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS for short) and MPN or, as doctors refer to them, myeloproliferative neoplasms.
Many symptoms can occur in case you’re dealing with blood cancer. Some of them may occur in all kinds of the cancer while others are particular for certain kinds. For instance, if you’re fighting against lymphoma, your lymph nodes may be swollen. If it’s about myeloma, painful sensations in your bones and, especially, in the back occur.
Due to the fact that they symptoms are very often vague and non-specific, it may be quite complicated to diagnose blood cancers.
The list of the symptoms that occur usually involves the following:
- Loss of weight that occurs for no reason.
- Feeling exhausted.
- Feeling extremely weak and short of breath.
- Bleeding or bruises occur easily.
- Your lymph nodes being enlarged.
- Your stomach being swollen or the feeling of discomfort in your abdomen.
- Infections that occur very frequently. They are recurring.
- Fever or sweating at nighttime.
- Painful sensations in your bones and joints.
- Your skin may itch.
- Painful sensations in your bones (especially, in your ribs and back).
If you notice any of the symptoms or you know someone who is suffering from them, you’re strongly recommended to visit your GP or tell the person who experiences them to consult his or her doctor. Doctor is able to prescribe the necessary tests if she or he assumes that there may be a case of blood cancer.
In order to memorize the most common symptoms of blood cancer, remember it’s T.E.S.T.
With the help of our memory cards for symptoms you may easily memorize the symptoms of blood cancer that occur most often.
- T – tired and exhausted.
- E – excessive sweating.
- S – sore bones and joints.
- T – terrible bruising and bleeding that doesn’t occur usually.
You are also to consult your doctor if you notice loss of weight for no reason, constant and frequent infections, sweating at nighttime, fatigue, painful sensations in bones and your lymph nodes being enlarged.
At the same time, you should bear in mind that the symptoms mentioned may occur for different less or more dangerous reasons. Even though these symptoms do not necessarily mean that you have blood cancer, you shouldn’t forget that if the disease is detected on an early stage, you have more treatment options and your treatment will be more efficient. Therefore, go to your doctor as fast as possible.