There are a number of different types of leukaemia, some of which are very slow to develop. The two most common are acute myeloid leukaemia and acute lymphoblast leukaemia. Both affect the white blood cells and bone marrow. Too many white cells are produced which may not work properly and may displace other blood cells.
Leukaemias typically produce vague symptoms which can easily be mistaken for other illnesses. Tiredness is one of the main symptoms. If your doctor suspects you may have leukaemia they will order blood tests and often bone marrow tests. Treatment is with chemotherapy, sometimes with steroids, which should put your cancer into remission. You may then be offered a bone marrow or stem cell transplant.
Ramsay hospitals offers a range of screening and diagnostic procedures at a time convenient to you, and also offers treatment for some of the most common types of cancer. We offer the support of multi-disciplinary teams who will be working together to ensure you get the care which is right for you.
If you would like to discuss possible tests or treatment contact us.