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Leukemia

General Information

Beginning in the bone marrow, leukemia is the cancer of white blood cells. As leukemia cells grow and multiply, they crowd out normal blood cells and take over the blood.

Goshen Center for Cancer Care treats the following types of leukemia:

  • Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) – CLL can grow fast or slow, and slow-growing CLL may not need treatment for several years.
  • Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) – Common in adults, CML grows slowly.
  • Hairy cell leukemia (HCL) – This is a less common type of leukemia that affects adults.

From diagnosis to treatment to recovery, our integrated team of experts works to maintain your highest possible quality of life.

Recognizing leukemia symptoms

You can have leukemia for years before you show symptoms. When it starts affecting the different types of blood cells, signs of leukemia include:

  • Easy bruising and bleeding
  • Tiny red spots under your skin
  • Anemia, causing weakness and fatigue
  • Fever, chills, frequent infections and swollen glands
  • Night sweats
  • Headaches
  • Weight loss
  • Joint and bone pain
  • Swollen or bleeding gums
  • Loss of appetite

How our cancer center treats leukemia

Leukemia treatment depends on your type and stage of leukemia, as well as your personal needs and preferences. The main treatment option for leukemia is usually chemotherapy.

Along with treating the actual cancer, Goshen Center for Cancer Care provides naturopathic medicine and other integrative therapies to address your complete well-being.

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