Blood Cancer

Blood Cancer

What is Blood cancer

Blood cancer happens when something goes wrong with the development of your blood cells. This stops them working properly and they may grow out of control. This can stop your blood doing the things it normally does to keep you healthy, like fighting off infections or helping repair your body.

Types of Blood cancer

The main types of blood cancer are:

  • leukaemia

  • lymphoma

  • myeloma

There are also other blood cancers and related conditions that don’t fit within these groups such as myelodysplastic syndromes and myeloproliferative neoplasms.

Symptoms of Blood cancer

There are lots of possible signs and symptoms of blood cancers like leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. The most common symptoms include:

  • extreme tiredness (fatigue),
  • repeated infections,
  • unexplained weight loss,
  • easy bruising and / or bleeding,
  • drenching night sweats,
  • itchy skin,
  • lumps or swellings in your neck, head, groin or stomach, and
  • bone and / or joint pain.

It’s important to remember that not everyone will have the same (or even any) symptoms. Each person is different.
Symptoms are physical (body) or mental (mind) changes that come about because of a health condition.