As it happens with many other types of cancer, one of the most common and important symptoms of leukemia is weight loss. This is typically important for women and ironically overlooked, because they are more commonly worried about their weight than men. However, the type of weight loss in leukemia is not associated with any change in the dietary pattern or exercise activity. Thus, if you’re not doing anything different and experience significant weight loss for no apparent reason, talk to your doctor about it. There are many health problems you might need to rule out.
Weight loss is an important symptom and should be evaluated as a part of a series of symptoms that include fatigue and muscle weakness, too. This is typically known as cachexia, and it is common in the majority of cancers.