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The genetics of familial leukaemia

Leukaemia is not usually a hereditary disease but inherited genetic mutations predisposing to leukaemia have been identified. Dr Fitzgibbon is taking advantage of new technology to identify inherited mutations in family groups where there are multiple cases of leukaemia. This will in future allow routine testing in families where a familial factor is suspected.

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Patient Story – Andy

Andy was preparing for his first year of university in summer 2003 when he was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML).
Andy is now in remission.

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