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Leukaemia is a cancer of the blood. Acute Leukaemia is a rapidly growing form of leukaemia.
This page gives you information about the treatment of Leukaemia.
Who we are
Specialists from different medical areas meet weekly to discuss patient treatment options. This multi-disciplinary team meeting (MDT) is central to the way we work. The MDT gives advice, support and creates individualised patient plans – so you get offered a treatment path that is right for you.
We're with you every step of the way
Specialist leukaemia nurses stay with you throughout your treatment journey, from your first clinic appointment to aftercare. They are there to help with problems and questions you – or your family – may have.
What we do
We diagnose and treat both types of acute leukaemia:
If you come to the hospital you can expect:
At the Leukaemia clinic you will see a doctor who is an expert in treating blood conditions (haematologist). The haematologist might suggest the following tests:
Bone marrow biopsy
A small sample of your bone marrow is examined under a microscope. The biopsy is usually carried out under a local anaesthetic (meaning you don’t go to sleep).
. The procedure is quick – taking 15 minutes.. You may have bruising for a few days after.
The sample is checked for the presence of leukaemia cells. If they are present, the biopsy will also determine which type of leukaemia is present: acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) or acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL).
Being referred to us
We will see you within two weeks of getting a urgent doctor referral from your doctor.
What happens when you see us
It’s important to know the progress and extent of the acute leukaemia if detected. A number of additional tests may be used:
Most of these results will be available and a treatment plan can be made and commenced within a couple of days. Some tests (cytogenetic and molecular testing) may take a little longer, but this is very unlikely to affect the first few weeks of treatment.
There are lots of different treatments depending on you and the type, progress and extent of the acute leukaemia.
Visit the MacMillan Cancer website here
Visit the Cancer Research UK website here
Visit the NHS Choices - Cancer website here
Please add link to the Bloodwise site
You may be asked to take part in a clinical trial. Clinical trials help us learn more about the best way to treat specific conditions.