Acute leukaemias occur when abnormal white blood cells rapidly multiply, spilling into the blood stream. Acute leukaemias develop quickly and will need to be treated urgently as they crowd out healthy cells, leaving the body starved of oxygen, and unable to control disease or infection.
Chronic leukaemias develop more slowly. They occur when white blood cells fail to die, accumulating in the blood stream, bone marrow and related organs and crowding healthy cells. Chronic leukaemias may not require immediate treatment.
In Australia, more than 3200 people will be diagnosed with a form of leukaemia this year – that’s eight Australians per day.
Please click on the below for more information on the main sub-types of Leukaemia: