In many cases, people in the early stages of leukemia have no obvious symptoms. When symptoms do appear, they may include:
Anemia. Anemia is caused by having a lower than normal number of red blood cells, which slows down the delivery of oxygen to the body’s organs and muscles. A person with anemia may have a pale complexion and may tire easily and have little energy.
Easy bruising or bleeding. People with leukemia may bleed from their gums or noses, or may find blood in their stool or urine. Bruises may develop from very minor bumps. Small spots of discoloration—called petechiae—may form under the skin.
Susceptibility to infections. Because leukemia affects the body’s infection-fighting cells, a person with this cancer may develop infections, such as a sore throat or bronchial pneumonia. A headache, low-grade fever, mouth sores or skin rash may accompany the infection.
Swollen lymph nodes. Lymph nodes are small, bean-sized structures that contain clusters of lymphocytes. In a person with leukemia, abnormal lymphocytes may collect in lymph nodes in the throat, armpits or groin, causing the lymph nodes to become enlarged.
General loss of well-being. Other symptoms of leukemia include loss of appetite and weight, discomfort under the left lower ribs (caused by a swollen spleen, also from a collection of abnormal lymphocytes) and a feeling of weakness or fatigue all the time. In some cases, a person with leukemia may get a fever that lasts for more than 1 to 2 weeks and may have night sweats.
What food should be avoided if a person is detected with symptoms of leukemia?
I don't know of any food that should be avoided, however, I do know of something that really helped my daughter during treatment. When she was first diagnosed she was put on steroids. She was as hungry as I have ever seen anyone, but most of all she wanted seaweed sheets. Dried nori. Lots and lots of it. Her doctor thinks it may have helped with her red blood counts during that phase. She still eats it, but not at all as often or as much. Still, it was good while it lasted.
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