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Blood cancer is the third biggest cause of cancer death across Australia, claiming more lives each year than breast cancer or skin cancer.
Blood cancers cover three forms; leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma, and vary greatly, with each blood cancer requiring specific and targeted treatments.
To find out more about these specific blood cancers click through below.
Leukaemias are cancers of the white blood cells, which begin in the bone marrow. Leukaemias are grouped in two ways: the type of white blood cell affected - lymphoid or myeloid; and how quickly the disease develops and gets worse. Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia is the most common type of leukaemia in Australia. Read more information on leukaemia including symptoms, diagnosis and staging.Read more
Lymphomas refers to a form of cancer that begins in the lymphatic system (the various lymph glands around the body). There are two main types of lymphoma, which spread and are treated differently: Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (which accounts for about 90% of lymphomas) and Hodgkin lymphoma (which has a characteristic appearance in biopsies). Read more information on lymphoma including symptoms, diagnosis and staging.Read more
Myeloma is a form of cancer that develops from plasma cells in the bone marrow. Myeloma is often called multiple myeloma because most people (90%) have multiple bone lesions at the time it is diagnosed. Read more information on myeloma including symptoms, diagnosis and staging.Learn more
Learn more about the Blood Cancer Fund and the work we do in blood cancer research, prevention and support.Learn more