Knowing the Signs of Blood Cancer

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Meaning of Blood Cancer?

Blood Cancer is a type of cancer that affects your blood cells. Leukaemia, Lymphoma  and Myeloma are some of the most common types of blood cancer. Blood cancer is caused by changes in the DNA within blood cells. This causes the blood cells to start behaving abnormally.

How do you get Blood Cancer?

Most blood cancers also called hematologic cancers start in the bone marrow which is where blood is produced. The blood cancers occur when abnormal blood cells start growing out of control such as interrupting the function of normal blood cells which fight off infections and produce new blood cells.

The main cause of Blood Cancer?

Smoking,Radiation, exposure and exposure to chemicals such as benzene used industrial chemicals have all been linked to increased risk of some types of blood cancers. Blood cancer can give long such as 20 years but according to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society 66% of people diagnosed with Leukemia live five years or longer.
The Symptoms of the last stage of blood cancer are:

  • Delirium
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Pain
  • Cough
  • Swallowing

Delirium

Can have many causes at the end of life such as Delirium may be controlled by finding and treating the cause and the Hallucinations that are not related to delirium often occur at the end of life.

Fatigue
The Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms in the last days of life.  Fatigue can include aching or sore muscles. Apathy and a lack of motivation daytime drowsiness and difficulty concentrating or learning new tasks.

Shortness of Breath
The Shortness of Breath is a feeling short of breath is common and may get worse during the final days or weeks of life. The use of opioids and other methods can help the patient breath more easily.

Pain
The pain for blood cancer you can be given medication to reduce the pain that you are feeling and also the pain during the final hours of life can be controlled.

Cough
The Cough during end of life can be treated in several days, cough is a sudden noisy expulsion of air from the lungs that clears the air passages a common symptom of upper respiratory infection.

Trouble Swallowing

You might have trouble swallowing with foods and fluid. Swallowing is called deglutition the act of passing food   from the mouth by way of the   throat  and esophagus to  the stomach.