Blood Cancer

Blood cancers develop when normal blood cell production is reduced due to the uncontrolled growth of an abnormal blood cell

Overview

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.

Common types blood cancers

There are many different types of blood disorders and blood cancers. Common blood cancers include leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.

Icon diagnose and treat all types of blood cancers, including:

  • Leukaemia – Cancer that originates in blood-forming tissue. It is named according to the type of white blood cell that is affected and whether it is fast growing (acute) or slow growing (chronic)
  • Lymphoma – Cancer that develops in the lymphatic system from cells called lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell that helps the body fight infection. There are two main types: Hodgkin lymphoma and Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Myeloma – Cancer that begins in the blood’s plasma cells, a type of white blood cell that is made in the bone marrow

Source: Cancer Council Australia

Treatment for blood cancers

Our specialists utilise the latest technology and techniques to diagnose and treat all cancers and blood disorders. Icon centres offer a range of cancer treatments to ensure a personalised treatment plan for every patient. Treatment options include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy, targeted therapies and access to clinical trials.

Visit our treatments page to find out more information about the range of treatment methods and technology available at Icon.

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