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Leukemia is the most common cancer among adolescents.  In fact, in teenagers, one out of every three cancer diagnoses is leukemia. While less common, adults are also diagnosed with leukemia. In total, nearly 175,000 adults and teens in the United States will be diagnosed with leukemia in 2019. The need for further research into the treatment of, and a possible cure for, leukemia has never been greater. By making a generous donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you will help scientists and physicians at Northwestern Medicine to meet this need and to achieve important breakthroughs that will benefit countless people, both adolescents and adults, who are battling leukemia.

Leukemia is a cancer of the blood that develops in the bone marrow. Undeveloped blood cells become cancerous and begin to impede the development of healthy blood cells. Red blood cells carry oxygen and white blood cells ward off infections and develop platelets that allow blood to clot. When blood cells are compromised with leukemia, a patient’s entire immune system is at risk. Leukemia can present itself in two forms. Acute leukemia manifests and spreads very quickly. Chronic leukemia spreads more slowly, damaging healthy blood cells in its path.

While scientists have yet to identify a specific cause of leukemia, they have pinpointed various risk factors that appear to elevate a person’s risk of developing the disease. Among these risk factors are exposure to radiation and certain chemicals, viral infections and certain genetic syndromes, as well as age, race and gender.  When you make a donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you will enable physicians at Northwestern Medicine to continue to effectively diagnose and treat leukemia in its earliest stages.

Patients with leukemia may experience a number of symptoms, such fatigue, shortness of breath, dizziness, pale skin, bruises, night sweats, fever and loss of appetite. More serious signs include swelling in the abdomen, enlarged lymph nodes and joint pain. If it appears that a person could have leukemia, Northwestern Medicine’s oncologists and other specialists conduct thorough diagnostic testing that may include blood tests, biopsies of bone marrow or lymph nodes and, potentially, a lumbar puncture procedure to collect spinal fluid. Additional diagnostic methods include chest X-rays, CT scans and MRIs. Your generous donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation will ensure that Northwestern Medicine’s physicians will continue to have the best possible resources to make an early and accurate diagnosis of leukemia.

If a person is diagnosed with leukemia, he or she will likely undergo treatment with chemotherapy, which has been established as the most effective means of treating leukemia. Other potential treatment approaches include targeted therapy drugs, immunotherapy, stem cell transplants, radiation therapy and, potentially, certain surgical procedures. 

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Our multidisciplinary group of specialists at Northwestern Medicine are committed to providing the most advanced and most comprehensive care to people with leukemia. Your generous donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation will provide crucial support to these care providers, as well as to their patients, as they strive to conquer leukemia.

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