Leukemia is a blood cancer that affects the body's blood-forming tissues, such as the bone marrow and lymphatic system. Normal, healthy cells undergo abnormal reproduction, among other changes, to become cancerous. Though there are several types of leukemia, most affect the white blood cells. Instead of growing and dividing properly, abnormal cells are produced. Early detection of any cancer plays a major role in successful treatment and recovery.
Those with leukemia may develop frequent fevers that are generally low-grade and may be accompanied by chills in some cases. Traditional treatments for fever might help bring the temperature down, but the symptom will often return. Persistent or recurring fever is a sign that medical evaluation is necessary.
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