In the United States, over 48,000 cases of leukemia are diagnosed each year. Since this disease is relatively rare, patients should be treated at a major medical center by physicians with special expertise in this condition.
At the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center we take a multidisciplinary team approach, providing the most innovative treatments and the highest level of patient care. Our internationally known surgeons, hematologists (those who study of blood diseases), oncologists, and radiation specialists, work together to design a treatment program tailored to every patient’s needs.
The acute leukemias, AML and ALL, are treated quickly. Our goal is to rid the body of leukemia cells and restore production of normal blood cells. Once a patient is in remission, additional treatment is usually needed to prevent the disease from coming back. In some cases, our physicians will recommend stem cell transplantation.
Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) is usually treated with medications taken in pill form.
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) may not need to be treated right away—only if symptoms develop in the future, or if this slow growing leukemia interferes with the production of normal blood cells.
Our approaches to leukemia include:
• Radiation therapy
• Antibody therapy
• Targeted therapy
• Stem cell transplant (from the peripheral blood or bone marrow)