Blood Cancers

Blood cancer is a broad term for cancers that affect bone marrow, the lymphatic system and the blood. Blood cancer can be grouped into 3 different categories: lymphoma, myeloma and leukaemia.

Within these groups are a number of  different types of cancers and related blood diseases including:

  • Acute and chronic leukaemias
  • Myelodysplastic syndromes
  • Myeloproliferative disorders
  • Aplastic anaemia
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Plasma disorders.

Our aim is to support and guide patients through whatever care they need, including:

  • Investigations and diagnosis
  • Anti-cancer drugs
  • Bone marrow transplant.

These conditions mainly affect the bone marrow or blood cells.

Not sure we can go into symptoms for such a large group of cancers There are a number of initial tests needed to diagnose blood cancer. These start with:

  • Discussing symptoms and medical history
  • A physical examination
  • Blood tests
  • Scans, such as a X-rays, MRI, CT and PET

If these tests suggest you may have cancer, your consultant will probably recommend a bone marrow biopsy – when a sample of bone marrow is taken for examination under a microscope.

If you are diagnosed with blood cancer, you will have immediate access to world-class specialists and state of the art facilities.

We treat every patient on an individual basis. You will have the option to choose what you want, where and when. Our aim is to give everyone the best possible results.

Your consultant will work closely with other specialists in the multidisciplinary team to design a treatment plan for you.

The treatment of blood cancer depends on the type of cancer and how advanced it is, as well as a patient’s age and general health. Options may include chemotherapy, immunotherapy and targeted therapies and in some cases, a bone marrow transplant.

We have a team of highly experienced Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) to support patient and consultant throughout the cancer treatment plan. They will work closely together to co-ordinate your care, and are there to advise and support you every step of the way.

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