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Cancer - Haematological

Cancer - Haematological

Description

The haematological cancers – leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma – are cancers that come from abnormal blood or bone marrow cells. They are rare forms of cancer. Leukaemia is a cancer of the white blood cells that start in the bone marrow. Abnormal white cells start to grow in an uncontrolled manner. Production of normal blood cells is reduced. Lymphoma is a cancer or the white blood cells that start in the lymphatic system. Myeloma is a bone marrow cancer that can cause damage to the bones, often leading to severe back pain. It can also damage the kidneys.

Causes

Scientists do not fully understand all the causes of haematological cancer yet.

Signs & Symptoms

Symptoms can vary depending on the type of cancer, but the most common ones are:

  • looking pale, feeling tired and breathless
  • getting more infections than usual
  • unusual bleeding
  • feeling run down or generally unwell
  • fevers and sweats.

Risks

Prevention

There is no known way to prevent most kinds of haematological cancers.

Treatment

Haematological cancer is treated in different ways. It depends on the kind of cancer and how serious it is.

MomConnect and NurseConnect Statistics

MomConnect figures 03/09/2017
1 Cumulative total of public subscriptions using the code: *134*550# 364 860
2 Cumulative total of CHW identified subscriptions using the code *134*550*3# 36 121
3 Cumulative total of clinic registrations using the code: *134*550*2# 1 530 990
4 Cumulative total of facilities with at least one registration 4 648
5 Total number of unique cellphone numbers 1 770 988
6 Total number of opt outs received 144 660

NurseConnect figures 03/09/2017
1 Total Registrations 19 254
1.1 National 9
1.2 Province 1,090
1.3 Facility 18 155
2 Facilities with at least one registration 2 935
3 Total Number of Opt-outs 411

Services