Learn more about the signs and symptoms of blood cancers

Not all blood cancers carry symptoms and some of the more common symptoms can be vague and shared with illnesses like cold and flu, making it harder to diagnose.1

The most common symptoms of blood cancer include: unexplained bruising, bleeding or weight loss, lumps or swellings, drenching night sweats; persistent, recurrent or severe infections; unexplained fever (38°C or above), rash, or itchy skin; bone, joint or abdominal pain; tiredness that doesn’t improve with rest or sleep; breathlessness; and unusually pale complexion (pallor).2

To learn more about the symptoms specific to different types of blood cancer, please visit the patient support groups linked to each blood cancer type:


  1. Bloodwise. Symptoms. Available at https://bloodwise.org.uk/info-support/blood-cancer/symptoms. Last accessed August 2019
  2. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Suspected cancer: recognition and referral. NICE guideline (NG12). London: NICE, 2015.