What is Leukaemia?

 

 

 

Dr Paul Ferguson, clinical lecturer in haematology at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, describes what leukaemia is.

 

 

 

Who can it effect?

 

Anyone can develop leukaemia at any age. Although it is more common in adults, leukaemia is the most common form of childhood cancer, with most children diagnosed under the age of 5.

 

The four main types of leukaemia

  • Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML)
  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL)
  • Chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML)
  • Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL)

In order to ensure you that sufferers of leukaemia are accessing the correct information it is important that they have the proper medical diagnosis.

 

What are the symptoms of leukaemia?

Symptoms can include:

  • Anaemia - This can cause tiredness, breathlessness and other symptoms. You may also begin to look pale.
  • Blood Clotting Problems - This can cause easy bruising, bleeding from the gums and other bleeding-related problems.
  • Serious infections
  • Weight loss

 

If you find that you’re suffering with any of these symptoms we would advise that you visit your GP to investigate the cause. However, these symptoms are common to many other illnesses so it is highly unlikely that acute leukemia is the cause.

 

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'We must stop luck being the deciding factor.'

20 year old leukaemia patient Jaymz Goodman.
'We must stop luck being the deciding factor.'

20 year old leukaemia patient Jaymz Goodman.