The term blood cancer comprises dozens of biologically distinct diseases. The classification of blood cancers is not just an intellectual exercise – it can have important implications for the people living with these diseases.
People with different blood cancers can have very different experiences, both physically and psychologically. Symptoms and prognosis can vary significantly. A person’s blood cancer type can also affect which treatments they receive, and when. For some blood cancers, a “watch and wait” period is recommended before treatment begins. For others, treatment is urgent and begins as soon as possible. Survivors of blood cancer often must grapple with a persistent fear of their cancer coming back.
As the treatment landscape evolves and people with blood cancer live longer, appreciating the diversity of these diseases can help us better understand the needs of each patient and connect them with the right resources and support.
Watch the video below to learn more about the most common types of blood cancers and what makes them unique. For additional information and support resources, visit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Lymphoma Research Foundation.