Donate to Blood Cancer Research, Patient Care and Education
Nearly 175,000 were diagnosed with various forms of blood cancer in 2018. Thanks to your generous donations, research and clinical trials are underway at Northwestern Medicine to combat this debilitating and often deadly disease. Blood cancer begins in the bone marrow. Blood platelets are produced in the bone marrow. Blood cancer affects the development and production of red and white blood cells platelets. Cancerous blood cells inhibit the proper functioning of platelets which are designed to ward off infections and prevent bleeding after injuries.
Hematologist-oncologists (blood cancer specialists), medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and a highly skilled team at Northwestern Medicine provide a full array of treatment options for those diagnosed with blood cancers. These specialists work with a team of highly trained physicians and medical personnel that are available to serve patients throughout the greater Chicago area. Generous donations such as yours allow research and clinical trials to continue to develop advanced diagnostic techniques and treatment programs. Thank you for being part of the cure.
Blood cancers fall into three major categories. These varying type of blood cancers are leukemia, lymphoma and multiple myeloma.
- Leukemia is cancer that prohibits the proper functioning of our white blood cells. This cancer can cause white blood cells to be either abnormal or insufficiently developed. Our bodies require strong, continuous production of white blood cells to ward off disease and infection. While predominantly diagnosed in children, leukemia can also affect adults. Acute leukemia develops quickly and can cause serious problems in the body. Chronic leukemia develops more gradually but also requires an aggressive treatment program to protect the body.
- Symptoms of leukemia include anemia, fever and loss of appetite as well as pain in bones or joints and small spots under the skin and chest pains or shortness of breath. Acute leukemia symptoms often include confusion, seizures and headaches as well as loss of muscle control and sores on the skin.
- Specialists at Northwestern Medicine have identified those at greatest risk of developing leukemia. These include individuals who smoke, have undergone chemotherapy or have had radiation exposure as well as having a family history of leukemia or have been diagnosed with rare congenital diseases.
- Blood tests, bone marrow biopsies and lymph node biopsies, as well as chest x-rays, PET scans, and MRI, are all diagnostic tools available to specialists at Northwestern Medicine to accurately identify the presence of leukemia in patients presenting symptoms.
Blood Cancer Research, Patient Care and Education Donation
Please consider a donation for further research and clinical trials at Northwestern Medicine and enable scientists to uncover new diagnostic and treatment options for leukemia.