Blood is the body’s vehicle for delivering oxygen and nutrients to our organs, skin, muscles, and other tissue. It’s also the means for taking metabolic waste away from our cells. We rarely think about our blood except when we get a cut… or something goes wrong.
If this amazingly complex fluid becomes inhibited by damaged or mutated cells that begin to grow out of control, it can wreak havoc on our body. Cancerous blood prevents the body’s immune system from functioning at its full capacity.
The three types of blood cancer are leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma:
- Leukemia—Caused by the abnormal production of cancerous white blood cells. There are four different types of leukemia.
- Lymphoma—Caused by the abnormal production of certain type of cancerous white blood cell that multiply and collect in the lymph nodes.
- Myeloma—Caused by the abnormal production of cancerous plasma cells.
Blood cancers are typically treated by chemotherapy, radiation, and/or stem cell transplant. You can read more about the three blood cancer types here: leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma.