Blood cancer

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Blood cancer is a type of cancer or tumor. Blood cancer hurts the blood, bone marrow, lymph, and lymphatic system. Sometimes more than one body part is hurt.

The cause is usually different from other types of cancer. The way to find out if a person has this cancer is also different. The treatment is usually drugs.

People with blood cancers see a kind of doctor called a hematologist (blood doctor) or oncologist (cancer doctor). There are other blood problems that are not blood cancers. A blood doctor also helps people with those problems.

Blood cancers are not common diseases.[1]

Types[change | change source]

Blood cancer is caused by malignancy that attacks the blood, lymphatic system, or bone marrow. There are three types:

Finding out[change | change source]

A doctor will do some tests to find out if a person has a blood cancer. One common test is a complete blood count. This counts all of blood cells in a drop of blood. Another easy test is a blood film. It shows what shape the blood cells are.

Sometimes the doctor will take a very small piece of the body out, to look at it. This is called a biopsy. Bone marrow is where new blood is made in the body. A bone marrow biopsy looks at the blood-making parts to see if they have cancer.

Helping[change | change source]

Doctors try to kill blood cancers. People with blood cancer often take drugs called chemotherapy or immunotherapy. If the blood cancer is in one place, they may have radiotherapy. A bone marrow transplant is a difficult way to kill blood cancers.

How many people get it[change | change source]

Thousands of people get blood cancers. Each year, 30,000 people in the United Kingdom (UK) learn that they have blood cancer.

Lymphomas are more common than leukemias.

Notes[change | change source]

  1. "Choosing a Blood Cancer Specialist or Treatment Center"; retrieved 2012-6-13.

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