Fatigue. Weakness. Night sweats. These are just some of the many symptoms of hematologic cancers (cancers of the blood).These cancers can be difficult to diagnose because many of the symptoms – like fatigue – are also symptoms of other less-serious health problems.
It’s important to get the right diagnosis before beginning treatment. If you’ve received a blood cancer diagnosis, it’s okay to get a second opinion. In fact, many doctors encourage it.
Our team of experts at Aurora specializes in diagnosing and treating blood cancers. We’ll listen to you and work with you to develop a personalized cancer plan. Contact us today for a second opinion.
What is Hematologic Cancer?
Hematologic cancer affects your blood, bone marrow (where blood is produced) or lymphatic system (involving blood cells that fight infection).
Hematologic cancer occurs when blood cells don’t develop normally, and abnormal blood cells (cancerous cells) start growing. This prevents your blood from doing its job, like fighting off infections or preventing serious bleeding.
The 3 most common types of hematologic cancers are:
Symptoms of Hematologic Cancers
Signs of hematologic cancer vary depending on the particular type, but may include the following:
- Shortness of breath
- Bruising and bleeding
- Frequent infections
- Enlarged lymph nodes
- Bloated or painful abdomen
- Bone or joint pain
- Weight loss
- Poor appetite
- Night sweats
- Mild fever that doesn’t go away
- Decreased urination
Most people who get a hematologic cancer are 60 or older – but age is not the only risk factor. A weakened immune system, certain infections and exposure to certain chemicals are also linked to hematologic cancers.
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