Blood Cancer

Blood cancer occurs when abnormal blood cells grow uncontrollably and reduce normal blood cell production.

Overview

Blood cancer occurs when abnormal blood cells grow uncontrollably and reduce normal blood cell production.

When these abnormal blood cells reduce normal blood cell production, they then enter the blood stream.

As the abnormal cells build up in the blood, they can spread throughout the body and reduce your ability to fight infection.

Lymphoma, a form of blood cancer, is the fifth most common cancer in Singapore for men and sixth most common for women.1

When something is wrong with your blood, it can affect your overall health and impact your day to day life. A general practitioner will likely refer you to a haematologist, a specialist doctor who treats blood-related disorders and cancers, for diagnosis, treatment and management of your condition.

Common types blood cancers

The three main types of blood cancers are leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.

Icon diagnose and treat all types of blood cancers, including: 2

  • Leukaemia– Cancer that originates in blood-forming tissue. Leukaemia is classified based on the type of white blood cell that is affected and whether it is fast growing (acute) or slow growing (chronic)
  • Lymphoma– Cancer that develops in the lymphatic system from cells called lymphocytes, which help the body fight infection. The two types are Hodgkin lymphoma and Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
  • Myeloma– Cancer that begins in the blood’s plasma cells, which is made in the bone marrow

Treatment

Our specialists utilise the latest technology and techniques to diagnose and treat all cancers and blood disorders. Icon centres offer a range of cancer treatments to ensure a personalised treatment plan for every patient. Treatment options include chemotherapy, immunotherapy and targeted therapies.

Visit our treatments page to find out more information about the range of treatment methods and technology available at Icon.

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References

For a full list of references, click here.

Common types of cancer. (2016). Singapore Cancer Society. Retrieved on 4 June 2019 from https://www.singaporecancersociety.org.sg/learn-about-cancer/cancer-basics/common-types-of-cancer-in-singapore.html

Blood cancers. (n.d). Bone Marrow Donor Programme. Retrieved on 4 June 2019 from https://bmdp.org/recipients-caregivers/what-are-blood-diseases/blood-cancers/

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