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Blood Cancers

What are blood cancers? They are cancers that affect the body's bone marrow, blood cells, lymph nodes and other parts of the lymphatic system. They’re also known as hematologic malignancies.

Are there different types of blood cancers? Blood cancers are typically classified into four categories:

  • Leukemia
  • Lymphoma (Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma)
  • Myeloma
  • Myelodysplastic syndromes

How often does it occur? According to the National Cancer Institute, there are approximately 140,000 new cases of blood cancers reported each year.

  • Leukemia - 47,150
  • Lymphoma (Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin) - 70,190
  • Myeloma - 21,700

What causes blood cancers? They arise from cells that are abnormal and produced in excessive amounts. The abnormal growth interferes with the body's production and function of healthy red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. This prevents the body from protecting itself against infections.

What does University of Minnesota Cancer Care offer? We have an internationally recognized team of blood cancer experts known for their expertise in treating all forms of blood cancer. Our specialized treatments include:

  • cellular therapies
  • radioimmunotherapy
  • immunotherapies
  • blood and marrow transplants

Many of the treatments now available to patients with hematologic malignancies were pioneered at the University of Minnesota.

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