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Leukaemia is cancer of the white blood cells. Acute leukaemia means it progresses quickly and aggressively, and usually requires immediate treatment. Acute leukaemia is classified according to the type of white blood cells affected.
The 2 main types of white blood cells are:
This topic focuses on acute myeloid leukaemia (AML), which is an aggressive cancer of the myeloid cells. You can find more information about the following types of leukaemia on the NHS.uk website:
We carry out advanced treatments and provide exceptional haematology care for managing a range of blood disorders.
Receiving care at Nova means you will have a dedicated team of experts with you every step of the way, looking after your physical and emotional wellbeing.
The most appropriate treatment for each individual depends on the type of cancer involved, how advanced and aggressive it is, and the general health of the patient. While some slow-developing cancers may require nothing more than a ‘watch and wait’ approach, most commonly chemotherapy, radiotherapy, or a combination of both is given to attack and destroy cancerous cells.
For patients with advanced cancer, or in cases where the traditional approach has been unsuccessful, a stem cell or bone marrow transplant may be required.