Treatment for haematological cancers


Leukaemia

Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL)
If you have all , you may be treated with chemotherapy – either alone or combined with radiotherapy. You might have these during a period staying with us as an inpatient, or you may be able to come for a couple of hours’ outpatient or day-care treatment and then go home. We have a chemotherapy unit and a radiotherapy centre on site, so you will not have to go anywhere else for your treatment.

Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL)
We can treat CLL with chemotherapy through our inpatient, outpatient and day-care facilities. We also provide a stem cell transplant service (see below), should you need it. A full range of supportive and complementary treatments are also available on site to help alleviate symptoms arising from your disease and treatment.

Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) and myelodysplasia
Depending on the level of treatment you need for your AML, as determined by diagnosis and the stage of your disease, we are able to treat you in either an inpatient or day-care environment. We can provide simple treatment such as oral chemotherapy (chemotherapy that you can take at home as a tablet) or more complex treatment such as stem cell transplants.

Chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) and myeloproliferative disorders
Dependent on the stage of your disease, we offer a wide range of services. In the early stages of these diseases we offer treatments such as oral chemotherapy and targeted therapy. If you have been diagnosed at a later stage or have an advanced form of disease, stem cell transplants are available.

Lymphoma

Treatment for lymphoma varies widely, depending on diagnosis. Diagnostic accuracy is vital to successful treatment, so we offer an advanced and comprehensive diagnosis service for lymphomas and associated diseases. For example, we carry out biopsies with a rapid results service that allows for prompt classification of lymphoma type. A group of specialists (the multi-disciplinary team) reviews the results together, and accurate treatment starts without any delay.

As well as the latest chemotherapy regimes, treatment options include radio-immunotherapy (in which we have access to the widest experience in the UK), all forms of stem cell transplantation (see below), and a cutaneous lymphoma service including total skin electron therapy and extracorporeal photopheresis (ECP).

Myeloma

If you have myeloma we offer a wide range of treatments, including several types of chemotherapy, biological therapies, stem cell transplantation, maintenance therapy and radiotherapy. The type of treatment required will be determined by the stage of your illness and other contributing medical factors.

Stem cell transplantation

We provide a comprehensive bone marrow (stem cell) transplantation service on a single site. If you have a haematological malignancy (leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma) or bone marrow failure syndrome (myelodysplasia or aplastic anaemia), you may be offered a transplant.

The Christie Stem Cell Transplant Programme was established in 1982, and more than 1,500 transplants have been performed to date, establishing the programme as one of the UK’s major transplant centres and the largest in the north-west. Over the past five years, the programme has undertaken an increasing number of transplants, rising from 80 to 120 per year.

We are the first to offer a private haematology transplant unit in the north-west and are committed to developing and delivering exceptional standards of patient care in stem cell transplantation. Care is directly supervised by one of our highly accomplished consultants, and a team of specialist nursing staff acts as a point of contact to provide you with support, information regarding the progress of the transplant and details about your admission.

Further information

Download our Haematology and Transplant Unit (HTU) brochure for further information about the unit. You are also very welcome to contact us or call us on 0161 918 7296 if you have any questions.