Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinaemia (WM) is a rare type of blood cancer. If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed, you might have some questions. We’re here to to help.

  • It is slow growing and doesn’t always need treating right away
  • Symptoms can vary from person to person, here are the most common
  • It is a form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and is sometimes referred to as lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma (LPL) or B-cell lymphoma
  • There are around 4,000 people living with WM in the UK, you can meet some of them here
  • Don’t worry, you’re not alone in struggling to pronounce it – most of us call it WM or simply Waldenstrom’s

What causes Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinaemia?

WM is caused when a certain type of white blood cell – called B-cells – develops incorrectly. Even though these abnormal cells aren’t of any use to the body, they keep on multiplying and can crowd out the other useful blood cells. This build-up of abnormal B-cells creates some of the common symptoms felt by people with WM, such as fatigue, increased infections and unexplained bruising.

Watch our video on how WM develops.

Read more about understanding WM

The WM Glossary

With a diagnosis of WM, you may be coming across new and unfamiliar words. Don’t worry, if you come across a term you don’t know when talking to your doctor, reading information or chatting with others affected by disease, just look it up in our WM glossary.

Go to our WM glossary

WMUK is here for you

It can be an anxious and scary time being told you have cancer, but we’re here for you. Whether you have questions or just want to find people who understand what you’re going through, we and the WM community are on hand to help.

Contact us or reach out to our WM community.