As our leukaemia timeline illustrates, when cancerous cells crowd out healthy blood cells in the bone marrow, this leads to illness. Leukaemia takes many forms, resulting from either white or red blood cells, or even platelets, becoming cancerous. It can strike at any age, although it mostly affects the very young or over 55s.

Fortunately, treatments for leukaemia are advancing at a rapid pace. Our timeline is a celebration of the progress that has been made in first diagnosing leukaemia and then developing life-saving treatments.

Learn more with the Leukaemia timeline

See how well you understand the blood disease’s history by looking at our leukaemia timeline infographic:

Timeline of Leukaemia

A future of fighting leukaemia at the source

Cancer Science Institute of Singapore recently identified new genetic alterations contributing to the onset of acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL). This could lead to new therapies.

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