Blood cancer symptoms: Night sweats could signal the deadly disease

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Typically, lymphoma and leukaemia are among the most common blood cancers that are linked with night sweats. These cancers generally occur with further symptoms, including unexplained bruising, weight loss and fatigue.

Most of the signals encountered by those with CLL are associated with the lack of healthy blood cells caused by an overpopulation of abnormal blood cells that are not fully developed, known as leukaemia cells or blasts.

CLL generally begins in the bone marrow and can spread viciously if it is not seen to early on.

Night sweats alone are not usually due to a serious underlying health condition such as blood cancer and can be associated with numerous conditions such as anxiety, low blood sugar and alcohol or drug use.

However, an individual should seek medical advice if they continue to experience persisting night sweats, especially if it is connected to other symptoms.

Head of Patient and Carer Information and Support at Myeloma UK, Alice Baron, said: “The symptoms of myeloma vary and can affect many areas of the body, which is why it is so difficult to diagnose.

“Generally speaking, the tell-tale signs are fatigue, back pain and recurring infection, but each patient is unique and people may experience a myriad of less common symptoms such as night sweats, nose bleeds and bruising.

“Blood cancer isn’t a tumour cancer so there is no lump, only symptoms. If you notice any new unusual symptoms or sudden changes in your health, no matter how seemingly small or insignificant, get in touch with your GP. Early diagnosis is key to increasing patients’ life expectancy and quality of life.”

Although it cannot generally be cured, treatment can help control CLL for many years.

The treatment for CLL, and other forms of blood cancer, happens in stages. The primary stage is set out to kill leukaemia cells in the bone marrow in order for healthy blood cells to resurge.

The second stage is designed to stop the cancer reforming in the bone marrow and is done through stages of treatment.

The exact treatment depends on which type of blood cancer is present, but chemotherapy is usually the main part of the treatment for cancers such as CLL.