If you require leukemia treatment, you’ll want to turn to an experienced specialist who can help you achieve the best possible outcome and quality of life. You might be surprised to learn that this level of expertise is available relatively close to your home in West Palm Beach, FL, at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. The experts in our Malignant Hematology Program continue to lead the way in developing new standards of care for leukemia treatment.
Here’s what you can expect at Moffitt: After reviewing your lab test results and accurately staging your condition, our multispecialty team will work together to design a leukemia treatment plan that is tailored to your unique needs based on your age, symptoms, cancer type and other individual factors. We’ll also determine whether your treatment should begin right away (which is often the case for acute leukemia) or after we closely monitor your health for a period of time (which may be appropriate for chronic leukemia).
You can come to Moffitt from West Palm Beach, Florida to receive the following types of leukemia treatment:
- Chemotherapy – Considered to be the mainstay of leukemia treatment, chemo involves the administration of one or more powerful medications. These drugs may be taken orally in pill form or injected into a vein so that they can enter the bloodstream to reach and destroy cancerous cells throughout the body. One type of chemotherapy is targeted therapy, in which chemotherapy medications are engineered to interfere with the specific molecules that are necessary for tumor growth and progression while leaving healthy cells unharmed.
- Radiation therapy – High-energy X-rays are targeted directly at a cancer site to destroy leukemia cells by damaging their genetic material. Some patients receive radiation therapy from an external machine that produces beams aimed at the spleen, brain or other parts of the body where leukemia cells have accumulated. Radiation therapy may also be used prior to a blood or bone marrow transplant.
- Surgery – While surgery is generally not used for leukemia treatment, a splenectomy (removal of the spleen) may be helpful if the spleen has become enlarged due to chronic lymphocytic leukemia or is destroying red blood cells and platelets.
You may also be interested in knowing that Moffitt has received national recognition in the form of a Comprehensive Cancer Designation from the National Cancer Institute. This is due, in part, to our pivotal research in shaping leukemia treatment for all current and future patients.
If you’d like to take advantage of all that Moffitt has to offer, you needn’t allow travel concerns to get in the way of your leukemia treatment. We’ve partnered with several local hotels that offer comfortable accommodations at affordable rates.
For more information about the leukemia treatment options available at Moffitt Cancer Center, call 1-888-663-3488 or complete a new patient registration form online. Patients who live in the West Palm Beach, FL, area can also call Moffitt Malignant Hematology & Cellular Therapy at Memorial Healthcare System at 954-265-4325 for additional information or to schedule an appointment.