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Blood Cancer Symptoms

Blood cancer symptoms are irregularities in body function that result from different types of leukemia, lymphoma, or myeloma. All of these cancers affect the blood, so they can cause generalized problems that affect the body as a whole. Because these symptoms can be somewhat vague and are shared by a multitude of conditions, it can be difficult to diagnose the underlying cause.

Although the different types of blood cancer can damage the body in different ways, they do share some common symptoms, such as:

  • Persistent fatigue
  • Sudden and unexplained weight loss
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weakness

In addition to these shared symptoms, specific blood cancer types can cause their own problems. For example, people with leukemia often notice that they have flu-like conditions such as fevers and chills, and they may be affected by easy bruising or excessive bleeding as well as recurring infections. Those with lymphoma often experience swelling in the lymph nodes in their neck, armpits, or groin, and they may experience night sweats. Myeloma, conversely, may cause nonspecific bone pain in the skull, back, chest, or hips, as well as general mental confusion. Because so many blood cancer symptoms can be mistaken for the symptoms of other more common and less serious conditions, blood tests are often necessary to diagnose their underlying cause.

At Tampa General Hospital, our highly experienced, interdisciplinary staff treats patients who have been diagnosed with (or are experiencing the symptoms of) all types of all types of blood cancer. Our team of physicians, radiologists, and other staff members, together with our state-of-the-art imaging and treatment equipment, allow us to provide a full array of cancer treatment services.

To make an appointment at TGH’s Hematology/Oncology Clinic, please call (813) 844-2200. We can schedule appointments Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.