Leukemia Symptoms; 11 Common Leukemia Signs & Symptoms

5. Fatigue

These patients often have various physical and behavioural signs of anemia, and their blood flow carries less oxygen and nutrients than the body needs. The metabolism is altered by cancer, and these abnormal cells require excessive energy to keep surviving and dividing. This energy is obtained from the organism, and since cancer cells are aggressive and greedy compared to their normal counterparts, the patient ends up with low energy levels and severe fatigue.

In some cases, acute myeloid leukemia in children starts with fatigue and other symptoms and may be sustained for weeks or months. In other cases, they have an acute presentation and develop the complete set of symptoms in a matter of 1 or 2 weeks.

Other symptoms associated with fatigue and bone marrow failure is dizziness, difficulty to breath or physical exertion that may even lead to chest pain in patients with a heart condition. In some cases, myocardial infarction is the reason why these patients go to the doctor and after performing the appropriate tests, they are diagnosed with a form of leukemia.