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General information

There are lots of possible signs and symptoms of blood cancers like leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.

Read about the common symptoms of blood cancer

Tests can help work out whether someone has blood cancer. They also help diagnose what type of blood cancer it is, such as leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma or any other type.

Read about tests and diagnosis for blood cancer

People say they felt all sorts of emotions when they were first diagnosed with blood cancer, including stunned, confused, upset, angry, guilty, numb. It's a tough time for you and your loved ones, but finding out more about what to expect can help you to feel more in control and see a way forward.

See our information for people who've just been diagnosed

Blood cancer is a type of cancer that affects your blood cells. Over 40,000 people are diagnosed with a blood cancer each year in the UK, and over 250,000 people are currently living with blood cancer.

Read more about blood cancer

After you’ve been diagnosed with blood cancer, you may want to know more about your prognosis (outcome) – in other words, what may happen in the future.

Read about what can affect your prognosis

There are a range of different treatments for blood cancer. You might have one type of treatment or a number of them, depending on the type of blood cancer you have.

Read about the different types of treatment for blood cancer

Side effects are the unwanted effects of blood cancer treatment. We also have information about coping with symptoms of blood cancer, even if you're not having treatment. Some of these will be temporary and will stop during or after your treatment but others can last longer.

Read about side effects

There are certain things it's important to know about in order to stay safe while being treated for blood cancer, such as avoiding infection and certain vaccinations.

Read about staying safe

Some people with blood cancer don't need treatment straight away – and some never need it. 'Watch and wait' is a way of monitoring these people with regular check-ups and blood tests. You may also hear it called ‘active surveillance’ or ‘watchful waiting’.

Read about watch and wait