In a Q&A session on Instagram over the weekend, Nara told her 16 million followers that she has leukemia. “At first, I used to call it ‘that thing I have.’ Later, I was able to call it ‘that disease,'” she wrote. “Now I call it by its name. Sorry to anyone who felt I should have sped up my own timeline.”
Nara’s admission ends a long period of conjecture about her health. In July, the model and TV presenter was hospitalized in Buenos Aires for severe abdominal pain after undergoing routine tests. At the time, tests showed that she had very high white blood cell counts, indicating a blood disorder.
Initially, Nara did not share her diagnosis, saying she wanted to tell her story when she was ready. But speculation arose, with some media outlets reporting that she had leukemia based on anonymous sources. Nara denied these claims, saying, “I would never joke about health.”
In August, Nara revealed that she was undergoing treatment at the Fundaleu hematology center in Buenos Aires but refrained from naming her illness. She said the diagnosis had been “a shock for the whole family” and that her children were scared after hearing rumors.
Impacts on Family and Career
The 36-year-old Nara has five children with two soccer player husbands – Maxi Lopez and Mauro Icardi. After her diagnosis, she postponed a trip to Europe to visit her sons, who live in Istanbul, where Icardi plays for Galatasaray.
Professionally, Nara was on top as host of MasterChef on Telefe. She even attended the Martin Fierro Awards in August, just days before her hospitalization.
But Nara has moved on with family and professional obligations despite her health problems. Recently, she joined the cast of the Italian version of Dancing with the Stars.
“When I received the proposal for Bailando, the situation had stabilized. So I asked the doctors, since I am undergoing treatment if I could do it. And they assured me that yes, 100%,” she told an Italian TV show.
What’s Next in Her Battle Against Leukemia
While Nara has confirmed her diagnosis, she has continued to keep most of the details of her health private.
There are different types of leukemia, with acute and chronic forms. Treatments range from chemotherapy to bone marrow transplants and targeted drug therapies. Prognoses vary greatly depending on the specific diagnosis and other factors.
Nara had previously said that each week, when she receives test results, “my breath catches.” She has not indicated what stage of treatment she is currently in or what her long-term prognosis may be.
But his willingness now to openly discuss his illness marks a change that is likely to bring more revelations. As she told her Instagram followers, she hopes to share her story to help others facing similar situations.
For now, Nara remains focused on her family, career and health. After avoiding naming her diagnosis for a long time, she has now taken the first step to becoming a voice for those battling leukemia.
Leukemia is a type of cancer that affects the bone marrow, the soft tissue in the center of bones where blood cells are formed. In leukemia, the bone marrow produces abnormal white blood cells that do not function properly.
These defective white blood cells accumulate in the bone marrow and circulate in the blood. Eventually, they crowd out healthy white blood cells, platelets, and red blood cells. This leads to infections, anemia, bleeding, and other problems.
Types of Leukemia
There are four main types of leukemia:
- Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) – ALL affects lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell that fights infection. It is the most common type in children.
- Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) – AML affects myeloblasts, the immature cells that form red blood cells, platelets, and most white blood cells. It is most common in adults.
- Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) – CLL affects mature B lymphocytes. It progresses slowly. It is most common in older adults.
- Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) – CML affects the blood-producing cells of the bone marrow. It also progresses slowly.
Causes and Risk Factors
Doctors are not sure what causes leukemia in most cases. However, the following factors may increase the risk of leukemia:
- Family history of leukemia.
- Some genetic syndromes, such as Down syndrome.
- Exposure to high levels of radiation
- Previous cancer treatment with chemotherapy or radiation therapy
- Having a weakened immune system from HIV/AIDS or other disorders
- Exposure to benzene and other chemicals in the workplace
Symptoms of Leukemia
The symptoms of leukemia can vary greatly depending on the type. Some common symptoms include:
- Persistent fatigue and weakness
- Unexplained weight loss
- Recurrent fever and chills
- Excessive night sweats
- Bone or joint pain
- The feeling of fullness after eating a small meal
- Easy bruising or bleeding
- Petechiae (small red spots on the skin)
- Frequent or persistent infections
- Swollen lymph nodes
It is important to see a doctor if these symptoms last longer than two weeks, as early detection improves the prognosis.
Diagnosis of Leukemia
If leukemia is suspected, the physician will perform various tests such as:
- Bone marrow biopsy and aspirate – bone marrow is removed for microscopic examination.
- Blood tests – to evaluate blood cell counts and detect cancer cells.
- Genetic and molecular testing – to identify genes and proteins specific to leukemia.
- Imaging – CT scans, X-rays, or ultrasounds to detect infection or enlargement of the spleen/liver.
These tests confirm the diagnosis and help classify the type of leukemia.
Treatment of Leukemia
Treatment depends on the type of leukemia but usually involves:
- Chemotherapy – to destroy the cancer cells. It may be by mouth or intravenously.
- Targeted therapies – drugs that attack specific features of leukemia cells.
- Stem cell transplantation – replaces diseased bone marrow with healthy stem cells.
- Immunotherapy – uses the body’s immune system to fight cancer.
- Radiation therapy – uses high-energy rays to kill cancer cells.
Therapy also includes medications to prevent or treat infections, blood transfusions, and supportive care.
Prognosis of Leukemia
The prognosis depends on the type of leukemia, the patient’s age, and other factors. Some key facts:
- Acute leukemias tend to progress and require treatment more quickly.
- Chronic leukemias usually progress more slowly.
- Children tend to have better prognoses than adults.
- Recent advances in targeted therapies have improved prognoses, especially in leukemias such as CML.
- The 5-year survival for acute lymphocytic leukemia is 70% in children and 25% in adults.
- The 5-year survival for chronic myeloid leukemia treated with targeted therapies is greater than 90%.
With continued treatment and care, many people with leukemia can achieve long-term remission and even cure. There is hope.
Wanda Nara’s Journey
Although Wanda Nara has kept the details private, publicly confirming that she has leukemia marks an important step forward in her journey. As she continues with treatment and opens up about her experience, she will undoubtedly become an inspiration and support to others affected by this disease.
Her willingness to name her diagnosis after a long period of speculation shows her strength and commitment to raising awareness. By sharing her story in the future, she can provide essential information and hope to many people in Latin America and around the world.