Leukaemia is a cancer of the blood cells. There are four main types of leukaemia.

Leukaemia service

The Royal Marsden offers a range of diagnosis, treatment and care services for patients with Leukaemia. The Haemato-oncology team and services are mainly based at our hospital in Sutton, Surrey.

Diagnosis, tests and investigations:

  • primary assessment and diagnosis in partnership with other hospitals
  • diagnosis and review at The Royal Marsden
  • cancer genetics
  • chemotherapy
  • radiotherapy.

Other treatment:

  • stem cell transplant
  • total body irradiation
  • critical care
  • rehabilitation, including a pre-transplant programme
  • palliative and supportive care.

Services are provided by a specialist inpatient unit for the delivery of chemotherapy at diagnosis. All patients are given the services of a keyworker who is a clinical nurse specialist in the field of leukaemia. The keyworker works within the leukaemia team and is there to support and guide all leukaemia patients through treatment. Following the diagnosis of leukaemia, treatment is often given as an inpatient in our dedicated haemato-oncology unit. 

The Royal Marsden is a large research centre and the majority of our leukaemia patients are enrolled onto nationwide studies in line with national guidelines.