Not all blood cancers carry symptoms and some of the more common symptoms can be vague and like feeling 'run down' or having the 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. Blood Cancer UK (2018). The ‘Hidden’ Cancer. Available at: Last accessed: August 2020.
  2. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Suspected cancer: recognition and referral. NICE guideline (NG12). London: NICE, updated 2017. Available at: Last accessed: August 2020