Leukemia is cancer that starts in the tissues that form blood. Usually, leukemia involves the production of abnormal white blood cells — the cells that help the body fight infection. When leukemia develops, bone marrow makes too many abnormal, immature white blood cells that crowd out other, healthy blood cells. Not all leukemias are the same. Treatment options, as well as outlooks (prognosis), vary depending on the type.
At Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers (RMCC), our blood cancer specialists, called hematologists, are here to guide you and your family every step of the way. Our doctors have been influential in pioneering groundbreaking new therapies that offer unprecedented hope to patients with blood cancers like leukemia. Advancing cancer care through blood cancer research and innovation is part of our mission. As part of the national US Oncology Network, we are able to provide access to the latest cancer trreatments and therapies available through clinical trials. RMCC’s oncology researchers and their patients have been instrumental in developing new therapies that have transformed treatment and prognosis for leukemias.
We invite you to explore these pages to learn more about the disease, including signs and symptoms, types, diagnosis, and what treatment options you have. We are here to provide support and answer any questions you have about leukemia.
Visit the National Cancer Institute where this information and more can be found about Leukemia or ask your cancer care team questions about your individual situation.
Signs & Symptoms of Leukemia
The quicker you can recognize the symptoms of leukemia, the better you can improve your chances of receiving a timely diagnosis and prompt treatment.
Since there is no standard screening process for detecting early-stage leukemia, it is important to see your doctor regularly for a checkup. If you have symptoms that suggest leukemia, your doctor will try to find out what’s causing the problems…
Types of Leukemia
Leukemia is not one disease, but several— and while they all affect the blood, not all are created equal. Some leukemias are considered ‘acute’ and others, ‘chronic.’ There are even those that emerge from ‘myeloid’ cells versus ‘lymphoid’ cells.
Doctors use staging to help them predict the progression of leukemia and develop an appropriate treatment plan. While most cancers are staged based on the size and spread of tumors, leukemia staging is a little bit different…