Blood cancers develop when normal blood cell production is reduced due to the uncontrolled growth of an abnormal blood cell, which then enters the blood stream.
As the abnormal blood cells build up in the blood, they can spread to the lymph glands, spleen, liver, lungs and kidneys. This can impact the body’s ability to fight infection, and impact many other key areas of the body.
Blood cancer accounts for around 10% of all cancers diagnosed each year. Lymphoma is the most commonly diagnosed blood cancer in Australia, and the sixth most common form of cancer.
When something is wrong with your blood, it can affect your overall health, and if left untreated symptoms commonly impact day to day life. A general practitioner will likely refer you to a Haematologist for diagnosis, treatment and management of your condition.
A Haematologist is a specialist doctor who treats blood-related disorders and cancers. Find out more about Icon’s haematologists.