Blood Cancer

What is Blood Cancer?

Blood cancer is a type of cancer that affects the blood cells & bone marrow. Bone marrow is a spongy tissue that is present inside the bones where the formation of blood cells takes place. Blood cancer interrupts with the way blood cells behave.

Causes & risk factors of Blood Cancer

  • Blood cancer is more common in older people.
  • Having family history of blood cancer.
  • Bringing the body in contact with radiation or chemicals.
  • Weak immune system.
  • Infections.

Symptoms of Blood Cancer

  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Frequent infections
  • Loss of appetite
  • Rashes on the skin
  • Night sweating
  • Joint pain
  • Headache
  • Swelling of lymph nodes
  • Difficulty while urinating
  • Shortness of breath
  • Bleeding gums

The major types of Blood Cancer (Leukaemia) are:

  • Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL)
  • Acute myeloid leukemia (AML)
  • Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)
  • Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML)
  • Hairy cell leukemia (HCL)
  • Lymphoma is the cancer of lymphatic system. The lymph system consists of lymph nodes, spleen, and thymus gland. Lymphomas begin in white blood cells (lymphocytes). Weak immune system commonly causes Lymphoma


The two major types of Lymphoma are:

  • Hodgkin’s lymphoma, begins in B- lymphocytes or B cells. These are type of immune cells that produce antibodies which help to fight off germs.
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, begins in B cells or in T cells, another type of immune cells.

Diagnosis of Blood Cancer

Following tests are used to diagnose blood cancer :

  • Complete blood count (CBC) test
  • Tissue biopsy
  • Bone marrow exam
  • X-ray
  • CT scan
  • PET scan
  • Physical exam

Treatment options for Blood Cancer

Following are the major treatment options for Blood Cancer. 


Chemo treatment is the use of anti-cancer drug that helps to slow or stop the growth of rapidly dividing cells that cause cancer. It prevents the growth of rapidly dividing cells by killing the dividing cells. Chemo is often used in combination with other interventions like radiation treatment, immuno treatment, etc.

Radiation Treatment

Radiation Treatment is a kind of cancer treatment that uses high doses of radiation beams to kill cancer cells to shrink the tumors. Radiation kills the cancer cells by destroying the DNA. Cancer cells with damaged DNA fail to multiply and die. They are then removed by the body’s mechanism.


BMT is considered the most curative treatment for blood cancer. A BMT is a medical procedure recommended in case of bone marrow damage. The main aim of the medical procedure is to replace a part of the bone marrow that has been destroyed due to some disease, infection or due to chemo. The replacement of the blood stem cells promotes the growth of new blood cells and tissues around the bone marrow which in turn promotes prompt recovery of the damaged area.

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