Top 3 Blood Cancers: Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma

Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma are the top 3 blood cancers that affect the production and function of your blood cells. Most of these cancers start in the bone marrow where the white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets are interrupted by an uncontrolled growth of an abnormal type of blood cell. What are the differences between leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma?

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ThinkstockPhotos-525077001Lymphoma

This is the name for a group of blood cancers that develop in the lymphatic system, the two main types are Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The characteristics of this type of cancer include the presence of Reed-Sternberg cells, which are large cancerous cells, found in Hodgkin lymphoma tissues. Fortunately, Hodgkin lymphoma is one of the most curable forms of cancer. Symptoms can include:

Painless, swollen lymph nodes in your neck, armpits or groin
Abdominal pain or swelling
Chest pain, coughing or trouble breathing
Fatigue
Weight loss
Fever and chills
Night sweats
Unexplained weight loss — as much as 10 percent or more of your body weight
Loss of appetite
Itching
Increased sensitivity to the effects of alcohol or pain in your lymph nodes after drinking alcohol