Hematologic (Blood) Cancer (includes Leukemia, Lymphoma)
 
 

Hematologic (Blood) Cancer (includes Leukemia, Lymphoma)

Hematologic cancers are blood-related cancers affecting the immune system. Both leukemia and lymphoma are hematologic cancers. Leukemia begins in the bone marrow with the overproduction of abnormal white blood cells. Lymphoma begins in the lymphatic system with abnormal lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell. Normal white blood cells are necessary to help your body fight infection. Leukemia and lymphoma cells, however, can eventually prevent the normal white blood cells from doing their job, causing infections and anemia. Leukemia cells travel from the bone marrow and lymph nodes into the blood, invading other areas of the body. Learn more about leukemia and lymphoma.