Understanding blood cancers

If you have a blood cancer, you may feel overwhelmed and have many questions.

To understand blood cancer, it is important to know it mainly affects the bone marrow, which is the soft inner part of bones where blood and blood cells are made.

The three main types of blood cells are:

  • red blood cells that carry oxygen from the lungs to every part of the body
  • white blood cells that help fight infection
  • platelets that help control bleeding.

Focusing on you

Your specialist will need to find out where your cancer started (what type of cell) and if it is ‘aggressive’ or ‘indolent’. These describe how quickly the cancer is spreading.

Next, it is important to determine if there is a sub-type (related disease). Each sub-type is different and may affect the type of treatment given.

Enhancing your care

Blood cancer (haematology cancer) experts from Peter Mac and RMH have joined efforts to bring you the best blood cancer service available.

Our service, grouped into the many different blood cancer types and related diseases (also called sub-types), delivers specialist and expert care for your blood cancer.


We know how hard cancer and treatment can be. Your lifestyle and that of your loved one's will be disrupted and changed. During this time, it is common to struggle with ongoing concerns about cancer and therapy. There are many expert groups available to support you through this time, including:


At Peter Mac, we focus on all aspects of your health and wellbeing. Our blood cancer experts will help support and guide you to the best information and managed care.

Our specialist nurses can refer you to our:


For more information about blood cancers, their treatment and support for patients and families, download copies of the following resources: