Blood cancers

Blood cancers affect the production and function of blood cells. There are 3 main groups - leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Within these groups there are different types.  

Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML)

AML starts from young white blood cells called granulocytes or monocytes in the bone marrow. Find out about who gets it, symptoms, how it is diagnosed and treated, and how to cope.

Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL)

Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) starts from young white blood cells called lymphocytes in the bone marrow. Find out about symptoms, tests to diagnose, treatments and how to cope.

Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL)

CLL affects the white blood cells called lymphocytes. It tends to develop very slowly. Find out about the treatment you might need and much more. 

Chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML)

CML starts in the white blood cells called granulocytes. It often develops slowly and treatment can keep it under control for many years. Find out more.

Hodgkin lymphoma

Hodgkin lymphoma is a cancer of a type of white blood cell called lymphocytes. Hodgkin lymphomas contain cells called Reed Sternberg cells. Treatment for Hodgkin lymphoma is different from other types of lymphoma.

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) is a cancer of the lymphatic system. There are more than 60 different types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. They can behave in very different ways and need different treatments. 


Here you'll find information on symptoms and causes, tests to diagnose myeloma, treatment including chemotherapy, biological therapy – Velcade (bortezomib) and Revlimid (lenalidomide), stem cell transplant (intensive treatment), and current research. 

Other conditions

Find out about other conditions that can be confused with cancer or can develop into a cancer. We also have infomration about less common blood cancers here.

Last reviewed: 
24 Oct 2018
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