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Blood cancer is cancer of the lymphatic system, bone marrow, or blood cells. The lymphatic system is part of the immune system, which helps fight infection. Bone marrow is spongy tissue inside bones where blood cells are made.
There are three main types of blood cancer:
Dignity Health oncologists are known for providing personalized, progressive, and compassionate care. We treat cancer with advanced protocols and state-of-the-art technologies to get you back to your healthier life as soon as possible. Find a Doctor at one of our Bay Area hospitals:
In many cases, there are no signs of blood cancer in its early stages. In fact, you can have some blood cancers for years before you notice any symptoms.
Symptoms of blood cancer vary by type, but can include:
Blood cancers can also cause symptoms related to abnormal levels of blood cells that aren’t working correctly, including:
Many of these symptoms can be caused by medical conditions other than blood cancer. A Dignity Health doctor can help you understand what is causing your symptoms and find the right treatment plan for you.
Chemotherapy is a common treatment for all types of blood cancers. Additional treatment options depend on the type of blood cancer. Dignity Health oncologists may also recommend:
If you are concerned about blood cancer, talk with your doctor to find out what you can do to reduce your risk. In some cases, genetic counseling and cancer screenings at Dignity Health can help identify risk factors.