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Leukemia Cancer


Cancer that starts in blood-forming tissue, such as the bone marrow, and causes large numbers of abnormal blood cells to be produced and enter the bloodstream.


Treatments for leukemia include chemotherapy (major treatment modality for leukemia), radiation therapy, biological therapy, targeted therapy, and stem cell transplant. Combinations of these treatments may be used. Surgical removal of the spleen can be a part of treatment if the spleen is enlarged.

Side Effects*

Side effects common to all and its treatment, especially chemotherapy & stem cell transplantation include: low blood cell counts; infection; graft versus host disease; Tumor Lysis Syndrome.

Tips and Tricks

My advise to anyone who receives this diagnosis is to fight. It’s OK to be scared but get mad. Don’t let this terrible journey ruin your entire life. You can survive with the right attitude. Pull your love ones around you like a warm blanket. Let your friends help in any way you need. Write about your journey to your family and friends or just to yourself. You’ll be surprised what a difference it will make.

Additional Resources

  • Be The Match®
    888‑999‑6743, bethematch.org
  • Blood & Marrow Transplant Information Network
    888‑597‑7674, bmtinfonet.org
  • Bone Marrow and Cancer Foundation
    800‑365‑1336, bonemarrow.org
  • National Bone Marrow Transplant Link
    800‑546‑5268, nbmtlink.org
  • Patient Advocate Foundation Co-Pay Relief Program (PAF CPR)
    866‑512‑3861, copays.org
  • The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS)
    800‑955‑4572, lls.org
  • The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Co-Pay Assistance Program
    877‑557‑2672, lls.org/copay

The information contained in the Treatments and Side Effects sections are for informational purposes only. As with any cancer type, treatments and side effects can differ by patient. Please consult your oncologist for the specific treatments and side effects for your specific cancer.

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