There are several types of leukemia, and each has its own unique set of characteristics, treatment options and outcomes. Because leukemia is a complex condition, it can be easy for a patient to become overwhelmed by medical terminology and statistics when talking with a physician. However, taking a proactive role in your treatment is one of the best things you can do to improve your outcome and quality of life.
Finding a leukemia specialist and asking him or her to explain your diagnosis is one of the first and most important steps to take. There are many factors that are unique to your situation, and an experienced oncologist can use this information to provide you with individualized recommendations and insight. For instance, the survival rate for acute lymphocytic leukemia is different than the survival rate for chronic myeloid leukemia. Your oncologist can give you a more accurate picture of what you, specifically, can expect based on the precise cellular makeup of your cancer.
That said, if you’re preparing for an upcoming appointment or looking for general information, the following FAQ can help:
- What tests are done to diagnose leukemia?
- What are the early warning signs of leukemia in children?
- Five things to know about leukemia treatment
- Are clinical trials right for me?
- Three symptoms that you might not know are related to leukemia
- Questions to ask after a leukemia diagnosis
- Five ways to prepare for leukemia treatment
- Who is most at risk for developing leukemia?
- What are the risk factors for the different types of leukemia?
- What are the most likely side effects of leukemia treatment?
- How does leukemia affect the body?
- What is the difference between acute and chronic leukemia?
- What are the environmental risk factors for leukemia?
Moffitt Cancer Center’s Malignant Hematology Program is a valuable resource for patients with all types of blood and bone cancer, including leukemia. Our team can make tailored treatment recommendations, offer supportive care and answer any questions you might have along the way. To request an appointment, call 1-888-663-3488 or submit a new patient registration form online.