Leukemia and lymphoma are hematologic cancers, meaning they are cancers of the blood and bone marrow. In patients with leukemia, the abnormal production of white blood cells in bone marrow inhibits the bone marrow’s ability to produce red blood cells and platelets. Lymphoma, a blood cancer that impacts the lymph system, affects the body’s ability to fight infection and disease. While once thought incurable, recent advances in medicine have made lymphoma a treatable condition.
Risk factors for leukemia and lymphoma include:
Symptoms experienced include:
While there are no standard screening processes for leukemia and lymphoma, your doctor may diagnose these conditions by performing certain exams and tests, including:
Your course of treatment depends on many factors, including your age and general health. Together, you and your doctor and the team of experts at St. Luke’s Health can determine the right course of treatment for you. This could include:
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