- Blood cancer
- Childhood leukaemia
- Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL)
- Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML)
- Acute promyelocytic leukaemia (APL)
- Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL)
- Chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML)
- Chronic myelomonocytic leukaemia (CMML)
- Hairy cell leukaemia (HCL)
- Large granular lymphocytic leukaemia (LGLL)
- Plasma cell leukaemia (PCL)
- T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (T-ALL)
- Other conditions related to blood cancer
Leukaemia is a type of blood cancer that affects your blood cells - usually white blood cells. These cells are an important part of your immune system that fight infection.
Leukaemia is divided into two main groups:
- Acute leukaemias develop quickly. These include acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL), acute myeloid leukaemia (AML), acute premyelocytic leukaemia (APL), and T-cell acute lympoblastic leukaemia.
- Chronic leukaemias develop more slowly. These include chronic lymphocytic leukaemia, chronic myeloid leukaemia, chronic myelomonocytic leukaemia (CMML), hairy cell leukaemia (HCL) and large granular lymphocytic leukaemia (LGLL).
Each kind of leukaemia is different and will need to be treated differently. The information in this section is about leukaemia generally.