Blood cancer awareness

We're working with our colleagues in the haematology and transplant unit to help raise awareness of blood cancer. We're also highlighting the support we offer to patients with a blood cancer at The Christie.

Every 14 minutes, someone in the UK is diagnosed with a blood cancer. Blood cancer is the 5th most common cancer in the UK. Over 40,000 people are diagnosed with a blood cancer each year in the UK, and over 250,000 people are currently living with a blood cancer.

What causes blood cancer?

All blood cancers are caused by changes in DNA within blood cells. This causes the blood cells to start behaving abnormally. In almost all cases, these changes are linked to things we can’t control.

Types of blood cancer

There are various types of blood cancers:

  • Leukaemia is found in the blood and bone marrow, usually white blood cell
  • Lymphoma is a type of blood cancer that affects white blood cell called lymphocytes
  • Myeloma is cancer that affects white blood cells called plasma cells

Other types of blood disorders include myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), polycythaemia vera (PV), essential thrombocythemia (ET) and myelofibrosis.

These conditions are where the bone marrow doesn’t work properly and causes abnormalities in the production of blood cells.

Pan Artists, conservatory, patient booklets, Patricia Dawson, Ian Aston, September 2022

The ADAPT Programme

ADAPT (Managed Local Follow up of Long-Term Lymphoma Survivors) is a planned treatment of care for former lymphoma patients.

Read The ADAPT Programme Article
What is blood cancer?

What is blood cancer?

Hear from consultant haematologist Johnny Elliot about the different blood cancers, and the treatments for these.

play What is blood cancer? Video

Meet the lymphoma team

We know that a great team is defined by its people and in the lymphoma team at The Christie, we are committed to working together.

Read Meet the lymphoma team Article

Last updated: March 2023