A Common Blood Cancer
According to the American Cancer Society, over 60 thousand individuals are diagnosed with Leukemia. Leukemia is a type of cancer involving blood-forming tissues, bone marrow, and the lymphatic system.
Common Types of Leukemia
Acute lymphocytic leukemia is the most common type of leukemia in young adults and adults.
Acute myelogenous leukemia is most common in adults and can occur in children as well.
This type of cancer is the most common chronic leukemia in adults where you may feel healthy without needing treatment.
Chronic myelogenous leukemia affects adults and children where being asymptomatic for months or years is common before entering a phase where leukemia cells grow more rapidly.
There are many ways to diagnose leukemia, such as physical exams, blood tests, and bone marrow tests. AT CHRISTUS Health, we ensure our patients have access to resources for accurate results.
Due to their high propensity to circulate throughout the body, the primary treatment for most of these cancers is chemotherapy. However, other treatments may include biologic therapy, radiation therapy, external beam irradiation. Depending on your type of cancer, your CHRISTUS provider will help create a personalized treatment plan. Click here to learn more about our treatment options.