Weight loss, fever, and excessive sweating at night are some of the symptoms. This disease multiply slowly and invades the lymph nodes, spleens and the liver; causing them to swell without causing any pain. Bone marrow is also affected but in a more gradual manner, and there is also a slow decrease in the number of white cells. Sinus and lung infection also happens frequently, and sometimes anemia and bruising also happens.
Taking chemotherapy pills (chlorambucil or cyclophosphamide) which have few side effects are one of the ways. Antibiotics or immunoglobulin injections are prescribe at the slightest sign of sinusitis or pneumonia. Stronger chemotherapies used during early stages of the disease have proved to lead to better results.
The average lifespan of a patient is seven years, but there are cases where patient live 15 good years. If anemia or a decrease number of platelets is detected at the time of diagnosis, or both, the patient will probably have a lifespan of less then two years.
WHO'S LIKELY AFFECTED
People approximately sixty years old are the ones who have a higher risk of being affected. It affects twice as more men than women and makes up more than 25% of adult leukemia cases.