What is Aggressive Natural Killer Cell Leukemia?
Aggressive natural killer cell leukemia is a rare type of cancer that develops due to the uncontrolled division or multiplication of mature natural killer cells. It usually affects the blood, bone marrow, liver, and spleen.
What are Natural Killer Cells?
Natural killer cells are cells of the body’s immune system that kill virus-infected cells and cancer cells.
An association was found between the development of natural killer cell leukemia and infection with the Epstein bar virus.
Aggressive natural killer cell leukemia usually affects individuals between 20-50 years of age however it can also affect teenagers. It is more prevalent in people of East Asia.
Signs and Symptoms
The patient may suffer from the following signs and symptoms. These are
- Constant Fever
- Constant Fatigue
- Unexplained weight loss
- Excessive sweating at night
- Enlargement of the spleen and liver
- Pain in the bone
- Rashes on the skin
Diagnosis and Treatment
Diagnostic tests are:
- Tumour biopsy
- CT-scan, PET scan MRI, USG, and X-ray
- EBV test to detect viral DNA and antibodies
Treatment options include surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and targeted tumour cell therapy.
What Support can we Give for Aggressive Natural Killer Cell Leukemia?
Aggressive Natural Killer Cell Leukemia is rare cancer, meaning it is not as well known as other forms of cancer. Without a Ribbon is an Australian organisation that provides support for individuals who suffer from rare cancers. So, we provide a designated platform for Warriors to obtain information specific to their Rare Cancer. We also provide annual opportunities for our Warriors to meet and learn from each other. If you suffer from rare cancer such as Aggressive Natural Killer Cell Leukemia, we can help and support you through your journey thanks to the generous donations we receive. Click the link below to sign up and become a Warrior today!
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