Leukemia Stories

Leukemia is a broad term for cancers of the blood cells. The type of leukemia depends on the type of blood cell that becomes cancer and whether it grows quickly or slowly. Leukemia occurs most often in adults older than 55, but it is also the most common cancer in children younger than 15. (National Cancer Institute)

Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

Casey Head, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)

Cancer details: Adult case of ALL (rare)
1st symptoms:
Lump on throat, extreme fatigue, shortness of breath, bruising easily
Treatment:
Chemo, immunotherapy, radiation, stem cell transplant

William Yank, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)

Cancer details: Pediatric version
1st symptoms: Extreme fatigue, achey hands
Treatment: Chemotherapy, CAR-T cell therapy

Evan Lessler, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)

Cancer details: Adult case of ALL (rare)
1st symptoms: Extreme fatigue, easily bruised
Treatment: Chemo infusions, chemo pills, spinal taps, cranial radiation

Christine Mills, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)

Cancer details: Presented as lymphoma and leukemia
1st symptoms: Enlarged lymph nodes, pain in abdomen, nausea
Treatment: Chemotherapy, bone marrow transplant

Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)

Sasha Tanori, Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)

Cancer details: Most common type of acute leukemia in adults
1st symptoms: Easily bruised and swollen, painful hip
Treatment: 4 chemo infusions, bone marrow transplant