What is blood cancer

  • Fact- There are over 130 different types of blood cancer and anyone can be affected regardless of age, gender and ethnicity.
  • Fact- In the UK alone, someone is diagnosed every 15 minutes with a potentially life threatening blood cancer.
  • Fact-Leukaemia is the most common form of cancer in children, although 94% of people diagnosed with leukaemia are adults.

Cure rates vary widely across the different forms of blood cancer but thanks to improvements in research today over 90% of children with leukaemia are cured.

What are the Symptoms of Blood Cancers?

Symptoms of the most common forms of blood cancers may include the following:

Leukaemia

  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Feeling tired or weak
  • Easily bruise or bleed
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Swollen stomach
  • Infections
  • Fever/night sweats
  • Pain in bones/joints

Lymphoma

  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Fever/night sweats
  • Feeling tired/weak
  • Itchy skin
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Coughing/breathing difficulty/chest pain
  • Increased alcohol sensitivity or feeling pain in the lymph nodes after drinking (Hodgkin lymphoma)
  • Swelling or feeling pain or fullness in the stomach (non-Hodgkin lymphoma)

Myeloma

  • Weight loss
  • Fevers and infections
  • Frequent broken bones, often in the back
  • Bone pain (ribs/back)
  • Thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Nausea/constipation

How can you help someone with a Blood Cancer ?

There are many ways to help someone who has been touched by a leukaemia or blood cancer and it’s more common than people know. World-wide, 1 person every 4 minutes is diagnosed, which could mean that you maybe at some point be directly involved with their treatment.  After treatment, immune systems are depleted (Neutropenia) , which creates open doors for infections.