Leukemia or leukaemia?

20 Aug 2015

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.

Adult leukemia

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)

Childhood leukemia

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML)
If you've been affected by leukemia in any way, whether you've personally been diagnosed, think you're experiencing signs of leukemia or are in remission, we're here to support you.

Information booklets

We have leukemia information booklets that you can download, or we can send out to you.

Our patient community

We have a strong patient community where you can read about other peoples’ experiences with leukemia and share your experiences of leukemia with others.


There's extensive blood cancer research taking place around the world through leukemia charities such as Bloodwise 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.