Both leukemia and lymphoma are different forms of blood cancer, with one affecting the blood and bone marrow and the other the lymph nodes.

September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month, which is used as an opportunity to educate the public about different blood cancers, their symptoms, causes, and to encourage support for those fighting this illness.

Leukemia is a cancer of blood-forming tissues, including bone marrow and the body’s lymphatic system. While many leukemia types exist, some are more common in children and others in adults.

Leukemia is classified first by whether it is acute or chronic, and then again as either lymphocytic or myelogenous depending on the type of white blood cells that are being affected.

The symptoms you will see vary on the type of leukemia. Some of the most common signs and symptoms of leukemia include:

  • Persistent weakness and fatigue
  • Bone pain or tenderness
  • Fever or chills
  • Excessive sweating, especially at night
  • Frequent and severe infections
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Enlarged liver or spleen
  • Losing weight without trying
  • Bleeding or bruising easily
  • Tiny red spots on the skin
  • Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system, consisting of the lymph nodes, spleen, thymus gland, and bone marrow. This cancer has the potential to affect all these areas of the body and other organs as well.

    Many types of lymphoma exist, but the main subtypes include Hodgkin's lymphoma and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

    The type of lymphoma will determine the symptoms and their severity, but the most common signs or symptoms to look for include:

  • Swelling of the lymph nodes in your neck, armpits, or groin.
  • Fever
  • Persistent fatigue
  • Excessive sweating, especially at night
  • Shortness of breath
  • Losing weight without trying
  • Itchy and irritated skin
  • Make an appointment with your doctor or see a specialist if you have any of the persistent symptoms listed for either leukemia or lymphoma and are concerned about your health. Early detection is key!

    The experts at New York Cancer and Blood Specialists are here to help you through your cancer journey, from diagnosis to survivorship. We are committed to providing our patients with a personalized path through treatment and unmatched support.

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