Cancer of the blood and bone marrow is called leukemia. Leukemia begins when normal blood cells change and grow uncontrollably. The types of leukemia are named after the blood cell that becomes cancerous. There are four main types of leukemia in adults:
- Acute lymphocytic leukemia
- Chronic lymphocytic leukemia
- Acute myeloid leukemia
- Chronic myeloid leukemia
Experts at Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center understand leukemia and work as a team to design the best treatment plan. A typical team is made up of medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, social workers, and nurses. Treatment plans may include:
- Bone marrow and stem cell transplants
For chronic leukemias, watchful waiting may be a treatment option.