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What Is Blood Cancer?

Blood cancer represents a group of malignancies that disrupt the normal functioning and production of blood cells. Most start in the bone marrow, where blood is produced. The bone marrow hosts stem cells that mature into various blood cell types: red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets.

In blood cancers, the typical process of blood cell development is hijacked by the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells. This disruption can occur in any of the three blood cell types. These abnormal or cancerous cells impede the blood's ability to fight infection, prevent bleeding, and transport oxygen.

Blood cancer presents a unique challenge because it affects the very elements that are supposed to keep us healthy. The abnormal cells crowd out the healthy cells in the bone marrow and circulate through the bloodstream, affecting various body parts. This widespread impact can make diagnosis and treatment complex.

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Types of Blood Cancer

Each type of blood cancer has unique characteristics and impacts the body in different ways.

Leukaemia

Characterised by an overproduction of abnormal white blood cells, leukaemia impairs the bone marrow's function in producing red blood cells and platelets.

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Lymphoma

This category includes:

  • Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma:

Arising from lymphocytes, it hinders the body's infection-fighting capability.

  • Hodgkin Lymphoma:

It's distinguished by the Reed-Sternberg cell, a type of abnormal lymphocyte.


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Multiple Myeloma

Multiple myeloma is a type of cancer that starts in the plasma cells in the bone marrow. Knowing its stages is key to planning effective treatment, as it helps determine how far the disease has progressed.

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Rarer Blood Cancers and Related Disorders

Beyond the more common types, there are less frequent blood cancers and related conditions:

  • Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS):

Stemming from damaged blood-forming cells in the bone marrow

  • Myeloproliferative Neoplasms (MPNs):

Including conditions like ET, MF, and PV, where the body overproduces blood cells

  • Amyloidosis:

Associated with multiple myeloma, characterised by abnormal protein accumulation

  • Waldenstrom Macroglobulinemia:

A rare non-Hodgkin lymphoma type starting in B cells

  • Aplastic Anaemia:

Marked by damaged stem cells, often necessitating a bone marrow transplant


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