Chronic Myeloid Leukemia vs. Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

Symptoms of CML and CLL

Common symptoms of CML and CLL include;

  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Fever [1]
  • Easy bleeding and bruising
  • Nights sweats
  • Swollen abdomen or feeling of fullness in the abdomen (due to a swollen liver or spleen)
  • Increased instances of infection
  • Weight loss

Many of these symptoms are due to leukemic cells taking over the bone marrow so the normal white and red blood cells and platelets cannot be made. The leukemic cells do not function as well as normal cells. This results in anemia [2] (low normal white blood cells), and thrombocytopenia [3] (low blood platelets).