Leukemia and leukaemia are exactly the same thing, just spelled slightly differently in the UK and USA. You may get slightly confused because of things like the spell checker on your computer, which could be on the American English setting, or Google auto-completing your search to the American spelling, even when you are in the UK. But don’t worry, any information that you read about leukemia should be the same as if you were reading about leukaemia, as long as it's from a trusted source.
What is Leukemia?
People with leukemia produce abnormal white blood cells. These abnormal cells accumulate in the bone marrow and prevent the production of other important blood cells. Most of the problems associated with leukemia are caused by the lack of normal cells in the blood, rather than the leukemia cells themselves.
Types of Leukemia
There are different types of leukemia. To find out more about leukemia symptoms, treatment and prognosis go through to the relevant leukemia type section:
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML)
Acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL)
Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML)
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)
Hairy cell leukemia (HCL)
Large granular lymphocyctic leukemia (LGL)
T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL)
Chronic myelomoncytic leukemia (CMML)
If you've been affected by leukemia in some way, whether you've personally been diagnosed, think you're experiencing signs of leukemia or are in remission, we're here to support you.
We have leukemia information booklets that you can download, or we can send out to you.
Our patient community
There is extensive blood cancer research taking place around the world through leukemia charities such as Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research in the UK, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in the USA, and the Leukemia Research Foundation in the USA to name but a few. All of these organisations are dedicated to beating blood cancers and getting to a point where no one dies from leukemia.