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The information on this page was reviewed and approved by
Maurie Markman, MD, President, Medicine & Science at CTCA.

This page was updated on July 14, 2021.

Leukemia requires expert care. Know your options.

Leukemia is the 10th most common cancer diagnosed in the United States. But leukemia isn’t just one disease—many types of leukemia originate in different parts of the bloodstream and affect different types of blood cells. Also, some leukemias are regarded as acute, meaning they may require aggressive treatments. Others are considered chronic, which means they are slow to develop and may require a less aggressive treatment plan. Considering the complexities of the disease, it is important to consult with an experienced team of doctors and clinicians trained to accurately diagnose the disease and develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs.

At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), our medical oncologists, hematologist-oncologists and other experts have years of experience delivering the standard-of-care and precision cancer treatments available to treat leukemia. Our whole-person care model is also designed to support patients throughout their treatment journey, offering supportive care services to help them manage side effects, such as pain, fatigue and weight loss, and maintain their quality of life.

What you should know after a leukemia diagnosis

Treatment options

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Treatments for leukemia vary widely depending on the type of cancer diagnosed and the stage of the disease. Some treatments, such as targeted therapy, chemotherapy and radiation therapy, may be recommended either alone or in combination. Our multidisciplinary team of leukemia experts will answer your questions and recommend treatment options based on your unique diagnosis and needs. Common treatments for leukemia include:

Stem cell transplantation
A stem cell transplant infuses healthy blood-forming stem cells into the body. Stem cells may be collected from patients themselves or from a matching donor.

Chemotherapy for leukemia often consists of giving several drugs in a set regimen and may be an option to fight the different forms of leukemia and to prevent the disease from recurring.

Radiation therapy
Radiation therapy may be used to destroy leukemia cells, or to relieve pain or discomfort caused by an enlarged liver or spleen, or swollen lymph nodes.

Targeted therapy
Targeted therapy drugs are designed to directly seek out cancer cells, which may help to reduce damage to healthy cells and reduce side effects.

Learn more about treatments for leukemia

Supportive care

The symptoms of leukemia, such as fatigue, loss of appetite and bone or joint pain, and the side effects of treatment may require supportive care to help you maintain your strength and quality of life. At CTCA®, a multidisciplinary team of cancer experts will offer a variety of supportive care therapies to help manage your side effects and keep you strong during and after your treatment. Those therapies may include:


​Nutritional support

Every patient has the option of meeting with a registered dietitian.


Behavioral health

​Our behavioral health support program is designed to support you and your caregivers before, during and after cancer treatment.


​Pain management

Pain management is a branch of medicine focused on reducing pain and improving quality of life through an integrative approach to care.

Stephen Hook

Stephen H.

Hodgkin Lymphoma

"There is so much more to the experience of CTCA than just the treatment. Some people have asked me why I travel for treatment, why I don’t just go somewhere local. Doesn’t it make life complicated? No, it doesn’t. CTCA takes the worry away. Scheduling, appointments, all of these details are taken care of. My response when people ask me about the inconvenience of traveling for treatment is that all I need to do is get there and get myself home. CTCA takes care of everything else."


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