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Experts in Cancer of the Blood

cancer patient and mother embrace on a couchStarting in the bone marrow, leukemia affects the blood cells and can enter the blood stream and spread to other parts of the body. There are several kinds of leukemia – all of which require different care.

Our board-certified hematologists are experienced in identifying and diagnosing the various types of leukemia and working with you to determine the best course of treatment.

To learn more about how we care for patient with leukemia, contact our Cancer Care team at 740-687-6900.

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Causes & Risks

Risk factors vary among the different types of leukemia. However, there are some common factors that contribute to your risk of developing any type of leukemia.

  •  Smoking
  •  Family history
  •  Exposure to high levels of radiation
  •  Exposure to cancer-causing chemicals
  •  Certain viral infections
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Symptoms

Because leukemia affects the blood cells, many of its signs may look like anemia or other deficiencies of normal blood cells. Some common symptoms include:

  •  Feeling tired, weak, dizzy or lightheaded
  •  Shortness of breath
  •  Abnormally pale skin
  •  Ongoing infections
  •  Bleeding easily – nosebleeds, gums, cuts that bleed continuously, heavy periods
  •  Unintended weight loss or loss of appetite
  •  Fever or night sweats
  •  Enlarged lymph nodes

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment to discuss your concerns with your healthcare provider.

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Treatment

If you are diagnosed with leukemia, the type and progress of your cancer, in addition to your overall health and lifestyle, will determine which treatment option your healthcare provider discusses with you. Depending on your specific case, leukemia may be treated with chemotherapy, radiation, leukapheresis (a treatment that filters the blood), surgery or targeted therapy. In some cases, chemotherapy may be intense and require time in the hospital.

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Resources

Fairfield Medical Center and our Cancer Resource Center provide a vast array of support programs, resources and care for our patients with cancer. These programs and resources can help you and your family address issues that you may face as a result of your cancer diagnosis or treatment.


Fairfield Medical Cancer Resource Center

The Fairfield Medical Cancer Resource Center is open to any cancer patient and their support people. Educational classes, support services and retail products are offered to reduce stress and ease recovery and coping processes. The center is staffed Monday through Friday (or by appointment) by an FMC coordinator and volunteers, many of whom are cancer survivors.


Financial Support

There are a variety of financial resources available to those who qualify, including the Fairfield Medical Center Foundation and TWIGS One Cancer Care Fund. Members of your oncology team will work collaboratively with financial aid personnel to determine what individualized assistance is available to you.


Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Central Ohio

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Central Ohio Chapter serves individuals who have been touched by one of the blood cancers. Learn more at lls.org/central-ohio.


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