“Cancer of the blood” occurs when one of the types of blood cells, which are produced in our bone marrow (the soft tissue inside our bones) grow in an uncontrolled and abnormal way.1
There are three types of blood cells; red blood cells (which deliver oxygen to the body), white blood cells (which help fight infection and disease) and platelets (which help the blood to clot and therefore prevent us from bleeding). 1
Blood cancers are the fifth most common form of cancer in New Zealand. Lymphoma is the most commonly diagnosed blood cancer in New Zealand and approximately 21,000 New Zealand people are living with blood cancer.
When something is wrong with your blood, it can affect your overall health, and if left untreated symptoms commonly impact day to day life. A general practitioner will likely refer you to a haematologist for diagnosis, treatment and management of your condition.
A haematologist is a specialist doctor who treats blood-related disorders and cancers. Find out more about Icon’s haematologists.