How does acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) affect daily life?

Depending on the stage of the cancer and the treatment one is receiving, ALL can affect daily living in many ways:
 
Frequent infections: People with ALL may be at risk for developing frequent infections due to immune system suppression.
 
Treatment side effects: Coping with the unpleasant side effects from ALL treatments can be difficult and at times can interfere with one’s daily routine. For example, chemotherapy side effects include:
 
  • Hair loss
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Anemia
  • Fatigue
  • Risk for infection
  • Mouth sores
  • Bruising/bleeding more easily
 
*However, during the maintenance phase of treatment, adults should be able to attend work and children should be able to continue attending school*
 
 
living with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)
 
 

Sources
  • "Acute lymphocytic leukemia." Mayo Clinic. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 28 Jan. 2016. Web. 28 Jul. 2017.
  • “If You Have Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL).” American Cancer Society, 31 Mar. 2016. Web. 28 Jul. 2017.

 

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