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Waldenström macroglobulinaemia (WM)

Waldenström macroglobulinaemia (WM) is a slow-growing and rare form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). It affects blood cells called plasma cells.

Waldenström macroglobulinaemia (WM) at a glance

Waldenström macroglobulinaemia (WM) is a rare type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) that affects blood cells called plasma cells. It’s slow growing and may not need treatment straight away.

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General symptoms include extreme tiredness and having lots of infections that last longer than usual. Other symptoms depend on how WM affects you personally. You’ll have a range of tests to confirm the diagnosis of WM.

Read more about symptoms and diagnosis of WM

The main treatment for WM is cancer-killing chemotherapy drugs. You may also have immunotherapy drugs which help your immune system to destroy cancer cells.

If you don’t have many symptoms when you’re diagnosed, you may not be treated straight away but will have regular check-ups to monitor the WM.

Find out more about treatment for WM

Your prognosis (what is likely to happen in the future), depends on your personal circumstances and how the WM develops.

Lean more about the general prognosis for WM

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