Leukemia Treatment Information
Leukemia is a type of cancer that affects a person’s ability to produce normal white blood cells. In a healthy individual, the body creates white blood cells that help stave off infection. Typically, new cells are formed as healthy cells produce copies of themselves, and over time, these cells naturally die off when they become old or damaged. However, with leukemia, these old cells do not die, but instead build up in the blood stream, preventing normal, healthy cells from reproducing.
Leukemia is a condition that takes many different forms, depending on the specific types of cells that develop the condition as well as the speed in which the disease manifests. Generally speaking, there are four common types: acute myeloid leukemia, acute lymphoblastic leukemia, chronic myeloid leukemia and chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
Within Moffitt Cancer Center’s Malignant Hematology Program, our multispecialty team has extensive experience working with patients who have been diagnosed with leukemia or who believe they may have the disease. After using state-of-the-art diagnostics testing to confirm the presence of leukemia, our cancer experts can then determine the best course of action depending on the type and stage of the cancer. We also have a unique tumor board, comprised of oncologists, radiologists, surgeons, pathologists and other cancer experts that meets weekly to develop a personalized treatment plan for each individual patient depending on his or her diagnosis and molecular profile.
Some of the types of leukemia treatment this multispecialty team might recommend include:
- Blood and marrow transplants
- Clinical research trials
Moffitt Cancer Center is well regarded for our commitment to ongoing leukemia research, and we have been recognized as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute, in part, because of our leadership in innovative leukemia treatments and clinical trials.
To learn more about the leukemia program at Moffitt Cancer Center, call 1-888-MOFFITT or complete our new patient registration form online. You never need a referral to speak with our oncologists specializing in leukemia.