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Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research are currently running a “Give Us 5” campaign. There are 5 great reasons to ‘Give us 5’:

  1. Blood cancers including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma affect anyone, any age.
  2. 90% of children survive the most common form of leukaemia. Help us reach 100%.
  3. Teenagers with blood cancers are hard to treat. Help us give them the chance of life.
  4. More people under 40 die from blood cancer than any other cancer. Help us keep families together.
  5. Every penny we raise equals more lives saved.

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Acute Myeloid Leukaemia

The type of Leukaemia that Wayne had is called Acute Myeloid Leukaemia.

Leukaemia is a cancer of the blood. It affects the white blood cells, which are a really important part of our immune system that fights infection.

Different leukaemias are diagnosed according to the type of white blood cell affected and the speed with which the cancer progresses.

AML is an acute leukaemia meaning that it is more aggressive and progresses quickly. It affects a type of white blood cell called the myeloid cell.

Making blood

White blood cells are made in the bone marrow – the soft tissue in the middle of our bones where all our blood cells are made. Mother cells, called stem cells, reside here and make every type of blood cell that we need.

Stem cells constantly produce new blood cells to replace old and damaged ones. New cells only leave the bone marrow once they have fully matured. This process is well controlled so that we have just the right amount of each blood cell in our body.

Signs & Symptoms

There are no specific symptoms of AML and the condition can be confused with other common illnesses.

In general AML develops very quickly and the symptoms appear over a matter of days or weeks. Common symptoms include:

  • Unusual bleeding and bruising
  • Paleness
  • Tiredness and breathlessness
  • Frequent and persistent infections

These are caused by a lack of healthy red and white cells and platelets in the blood.

You can find out more on the Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research Website.

Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research

A little bit about what will happen with your generous donations:

Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research is the only UK charity solely dedicated to research into blood cancers, including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.

Their life-saving research is focused on finding causes, improving diagnosis and treatments, and running groundbreaking clinical trials for all blood cancer patients.

To find out more about the great work that they do, visit their website http://www.beatbloodcancers.org/