West Cancer Center is positioned as the region’s comprehensive leader in adult cancer and hematology care. Our nationally-renowned team of hematologists at West Cancer Center offers an unparalleled leukemia treatment plan for patients across the Mid-South region – collaborating with West’s leaders in hematologic oncology, radiation therapy, research and our Blood and Marrow Transplant program to provide each patient with most individualized care possible.
Leukemia is a cancer of the blood-forming cells in your body. There are several different types of leukemia, depending on which specific blood cells are affected. Each type of leukemia is different; therefore, each may require a different treatment plan. The most common types of leukemia include Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), Acute myeloid leukemia (AML), Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) and Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS).
A patient with leukemia symptoms may have one or more of the following procedures to determine your diagnosis:
- Physical Exam
- Blood tests: a sample of blood is tested to determine potentially abnormal levels in white blood cell or platelets count.
- Bone marrow aspiration and biopsy: a procedure to collect and examine bone marrow. This procedure is used to diagnose and monitor blood and marrow diseases.
- Immunophenotyping: a test used to determine specific proteins and/or carbohydrates in a sample of blood or tissue. Certain proteins and/or carbohydrates relate to specific types of leukemia, so detection of these can help lead to a diagnosis and help define treatment options.
Your Treatment Plan
Your leukemia treatment plan will vary depending on your type of leukemia. Your dedicated team of hematologists and cancer experts will discuss your treatment options and plan with you, allowing you and your loved ones to consider all possible treatment options for your diagnosis.
Potential treatment options for your diagnosis include:
- Chemotherapy: a drug therapy designed to kill or slow the growth of cancer cells, chemotherapy is often used in the treatment of various types of leukemia.
- Radiation therapy: radiation therapy is the use of high-powered radiation beams to kill cancer cells. This therapy is sometimes used in leukemia treatment to damage leukemia cells and stop their growth, and may be used to prepare for a stem cell transplant. To learn more about Radiation Oncology and the types of radiation therapies offered at West Cancer Center, click here.
- Blood & stem cell transplantation: this treatment includes destroying cancerous bone marrow cells through chemotherapy and, in some cases, radiation therapy. These cells are then replaced with healthy stem cells through stem cell transplantation. To learn more about West Cancer Center’s Blood and Marrow Transplant Program, click here.