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There are many types of leukemia, including chronic lymphocytic leukemia. This kind of leukemia primarily affects older adults, and usually progresses very slowly. It affects the white blood cells, which are called lymphocytes. Chronic lymphocytic leukemia can be treated in a variety of ways, including chemotherapy and bone marrow transplants. Cancer can be a frightening diagnosis for anyone, and treatment is always more efficient if started as soon as possible. Luckily, many symptoms can help to indicate that you may have chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Talk to your doctor if you notice any of these signs:

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1. Anemia

Anemia is a condition that is caused by a shortage of red blood cells. When you have chronic lymphocytic leukemia, your body produces more white blood cells, creating a shortage of red blood cells. Consequently, you may notice that you have the symptoms of anemia. These include fatigue and weakness, as well as shortness of breath and pale skin. Other symptoms of anemia include heart palpitations and lightheadedness. Anemia can be caused by a variety of conditions, including cancers like chronic lymphocytic leukemia. If you notice any of the signs of anemia in conjunction with other symptoms, you should talk to your doctor to find out if they may be related.

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