September is Leukemia Awareness Month, bringing into focus one of the most challenging diseases faced by children and adults. Leukemia is a cancer of the blood cells, most often white blood cells. The leukemic cells grow among the other blood cells, and eventually suppress the development of normal cells since their survival rate is much higher. While there are a few types, Leukemia is thought of as acute or chronic, which indicates how fast/slow the disease grows. Acute Leukemia represents fast-growing disease while chronic refers to a slower growing spread.
Boosting Leukemia awareness plays a major role in helping to fight the disease and improve the possibility of early detection.
Causes and Signs of Leukemia
One of the most difficult aspects of Leukemia for many people to accept is that no one truly understands its causation, making prevention tactics nearly impossible to pinpoint for most types of Leukemia. However, some types have been correlated to high exposure to radiation, smoking tobacco, and chemotherapy treatment for other types of cancer.
Another factor commonly present in Leukemia is the lack of any specific or exact symptoms. For instance, chronic Leukemia commonly shows few or no symptoms. When symptoms are present, they tend to be general in nature such as tiredness, reduced overall energy levels, infections, and sometimes weight loss. Because of this, it is mistaken as the flu initially until tested with a healthcare professional. Wounds that are slow to heal and bruises that occur easily should also be closely monitored, as these can sometimes be signs of developing Leukemia.
The Difficulties of Late-Stage Leukemia
Unfortunately, late-stage Leukemia can be a difficult disease to manage. The disease tends to cause fairly rapid deterioration and treatments can begin to get both aggressive and expensive. The financial impact of supporting someone with Leukemia can make it difficult to make decisions concerning treatment, but it’s important to remember that you’re not alone in the fight.
Late-Stage Leukemia and Ongoing Treatment
As with any chronic and late-stage disease, treatment plans can be expensive and some aspects may not be covered under an insurance plan. If you or a loved one has a late-stage strain and needs financial support to cover treatment or even maintain their quality of life, please contact Fifth Season Financial to learn more about Funds For Living, our financial assistance program.