With the right treatment, many people with leukemia go on to live long, fulfilling lives. Our experts include specialists with decades of experience in leukemia care. They work with our dedicated team of certified nurse practitioners, pharmacists and other skilled health professionals. Together, they provide great outcomes and care experiences for patients.
What Is Leukemia?
Leukemia is a cancer that usually comes from blood-forming cells that live in the bone marrow. The large bones in your body contain bone marrow. Bone marrow makes almost all of the cells in your blood.
Acute leukemia cells are called blasts. They appear similar to normal stem cells that reside in the bone marrow. In patients with acute leukemia, blasts grow and divide but they do not mature correctly. The leukemia cells then crowd out and replace normal cells.
Chronic leukemia cells resemble normal blood cells, but they can accumulate in large numbers in the blood, bone marrow and spleen.
There are four major types of leukemia. The type is determined by which cells the leukemia affects. The leukemia types are:
- Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL)
- Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML)
- Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)
- Chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML)
Our Leukemia Treatments
- Oral medications (medications you take by mouth)
- Antibody therapy (type of immunotherapy using man-made antibodies—immune system proteins—to kill cancer cells)
- Bone marrow transplant
- CAR T-cell therapy (new type of immunotherapy that programs your immune system to better recognize and fight cancer)