Leukaemia is a cancer of the blood. Acute Leukaemia is a serious form of the disease.
This page gives you information about the treatment of Leukaemia.
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.
We diagnose and treat both types of acute leukaemia:
If you come to the hospital you can expect:
Symptoms of Leukaemia
At the Leukaemia clinic you will see a doctor who is an expert in treating blood conditions (haematologist). The haematologist might suggest the following test:
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 haematologist numbs an area of skin at the back of your hip bone and removes the bone marrow sample with a needle. The procedure is quick – taking 15 minutes – and usually painless. 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).
We will see you within two weeks of getting the doctor’s referral.
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.
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. You can find out more about clinical trials by visiting the Clinical Research Unit website here.