Leukaemia affects the formation of white blood cells. Not all types of leukaemia are curable and there are several risk factors and treatment types.
Leukaemia in children
Leukaemia is the most common cancer in children. Children with leukaemia usually need treatment for two to three years. Learn more about leukaemia in children.
Leukaemia symptoms are often mild at first, but slowly worsen over time. Find more about leukaemia symptoms.
Many of the symptoms of leukaemia are quite general and can be caused by a range of illnesses. Find out more about leukaemia diagnosis.
Treatment for leukaemia is usually provided by a team of health professionals from different backgrounds. Learn more about leukaemia treatment and side effects.
What causes leukaemia?
Doctors are not sure what causes leukaemia. But there are risk factors to be considered. Learn more about the risk factors.
Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL)
Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) tends to develop slowly, so you could have CLL for years without noticing any symptoms or needing treatment. Learn more here.
What is a haematologist?
A haematologist is a specialist doctor who treats conditions that affect the blood – such as leukaemia and haemophilia – and the organs that make the blood.
Human T-cell leukaemia virus type 1 (HTLV-1) is a virus that infects T-cells, white blood cells that form part of the immune system. Learn more here.
Myeloma, or multiple myeloma, is a type of cancer of cells called plasma cells. When plasma cells grow abnormally and build up in the bone marrow, they are known as myeloma cells.