On October 22, 2018, WWE superstar Roman Reigns dropped a bombshell right at the start of that day’s RAW telecast when he came to the ring to vacate his recently won Universal Championship. A visibly emotional Reigns announced to the world that he has to vacate his coveted title because he has suffered a recurrence of leukemia after 11 years. This has spurred many people to dig up the internet and look up this disease. Leukemia is a type of cancer that affects your bone marrow or blood. Blood cells in our body are produced by bone marrow.
Leukemia normally happens when your blood cell production system is affected in some way or the other. In this case, the white blood cells or leukocytes are normally affected. In most cases, it is people who are older than 55 years who are likely to be affected by leukemia. However, it has also been seen to be the commonest form of cancer among people who are younger than 15 years. As the case of Roman Reigns proves, it can happen at any age.
The signs and symptoms of leukemia normally tend to vary. However, there are some general symptoms in this particular regard –
In case of an acute condition, the leukemia symptoms could be the worst as it develops and gets worse in a really short span of time. In the case of progressive leukemia this degeneration happens gradually over a period of time.
There are various types of leukemia and they tend to affect people in separate ways as well. The treatment is normally done on the basis of the kind of leukemia that you are suffering from as well as your age and overall health condition as such. These days, medicine has progressed to such an extent that you can try and remit the ailment completely. In these cases, once the treatment is done, the cancer goes away for 5 years, at the very least. In 1975 it was estimated that patients of leukemia had only 33.5 percent chance of living for more than 5 years once they were diagnosed with the same.
By 2009, this figure had gone up to 62.9 percent. Chemotherapy happens to be the main form of treatment over here. However, it is changed around with regards to the needs and requirements of the patient in question. It is also pretty obvious that the sooner you begin the treatment the chances of remission are that much higher. Various kinds of treatments are used in these cases and they may be enumerated as below:
As such, chemotherapy can affect your entire body. However, targeted therapy is meant only for a certain part of the cancer cell. In some kinds of chronic leukemia, you may not need treatment but you need to monitor yourself carefully. The oncologist may ask you to be watchful in this scenario and also schedule frequent visits. In the case of chronic myeloid leukemia, the most effective form of treatment would be a bone marrow transplant. The chances of success are greater in the case of younger patients.