Lymphoma, leukemia and myeloma are cancers of the blood originating in the bone marrow or lymph nodes based on specific blood cell types. Over the past 20 years, advances in molecular medicine continue to improve understanding of these tumors as distinct diseases with increasingly targeted, effective treatments. Each is different, but to varying extents, they all affect the normal production of blood cells in the bone marrow and the normal function of blood cells circulating in the blood stream. Leukemias are cancers that affect the blood and bone marrow.
Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system in which white blood cells undergo a cancerous change. Myeloma, or multiple myeloma, is a cancer of the plasma cells.
Screening and Treatment
There is no screening test for blood cancers. Instead, they are often detected through routine blood tests or from symptoms, which range from general fatigue to bone pain (leukemia) or swollen lymph nodes (lymphoma). These cancers can grow and different rates, therefore treatment is based on the extent of the disease and condition of the patient. Advanced treatments include chemotherapy and stem cell transplants.
Through a close partnership with Boston-based hospitals and the National Cancer Institute, we are able to offer cancer clinical trials designed to identify safer and more effective approaches to prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. It is important to know that when taking part in a clinical trial, you will continue to receive the highest quality care for your cancer. Learn more about our clinical trial options here
Resources and Education
The Cancer Center at Lowell General Hospital is committed to supporting your mental and physical health through every step of diagnosis, treatment and recovery. From dedicated physicians and nurses to social workers and support groups, the Cancer Center at Lowell General Hospital has several resources for you and your family, all close to home. Learn more about our resources to support your care here
Quality and Accreditation
The Cancer Center at Lowell General Hospital is accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR®) as a Designated Lung Cancer Screening Center. This means that we meet the quality and safety benchmarks the ACR has determined to be the hallmarks of an effective lung cancer screening program, demonstrates commitment to high quality care. Learn more about our quality and accreditations here