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. Not all leukemias are the same. Treatment options, as well as outlooks (prognosis), vary depending on the type.
At Compass Oncology, our blood cancer specialists, called hematologists, are here to guide you and your family every step of the way. 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.
There are several types of leukemia that can be grouped based on how quickly the disease develops and gets worse. Leukemia is either chronic (which usually gets worse slowly) or acute (which usually gets worse quickly). Types of leukemia can also be grouped based on the type of white blood cell that is affected.
Not everyone with leukemia experiences symptoms in the early stages, depending on the type of the disease (acute or chronic). While there are specific symptoms for each type of leukemia, there are some general signs and symptoms they have in common that you should be aware of.
After a leukemia diagnosis, one of our blood cancer specialists will work with you and our other cancer care staff to develop an individualized treatment plan that’s best for you based on your type of leukemia, your overall health, and various other factors. Your treatment plan will depend on the type of leukemia and how severe it is. Treatment plans for leukemia can include one or more of the following:
- Watchful Waiting
- Targeted Therapy
- Biological Therapy
We understand you may be feeling overwhelmed with questions and concerns about your type of leukemia and all that it means. From second opinions and oncology nutritional services to our patients benefits representative and oncology social workers, the support specialists at Compass Oncology are here to help you during every step of your cancer journey.
In addition to looking through our leukemia and lymphoma survivorship resources, we also encourage you to take advantage of both our Compass Oncology cancer support groups and other local cancer support groups in and around Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA.
Additional Information on Leukemia and Other Blood Cancers
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.