Some forms of leukemia are more common in children, while other forms occur mostly in adults.
A cancer of the body’s blood-forming tissues, bone marrow and lymphatic system, leukemia usually affects the white blood cells. Your body needs white blood cells to fight infection. But if you have leukemia, your bone marrow produces abnormal white blood cells that don’t function properly.
Leukemia treatment options
How you or a loved one is treated for leukemia is based on several factors, including age and overall health, the type of leukemia and whether it has spread to other areas of the body.
Treatments used to fight leukemia include:
- Chemotherapy – A major form of treatment for leukemia, chemotherapy is a drug treatment that uses chemicals to kill leukemia cells. Depending on the leukemia type, a single drug or a combination of drugs may be administered in pill form, or they may be injected into a vein.
- Immunotherapy – This therapy works by using treatments that help your immune system recognize and attack leukemia cells.
- Targeted therapy – Targeted therapy uses drugs that attack specific vulnerabilities within cancer cells. For example, certain drugs stop the action of a protein within the leukemia cells of people with chronic myelogenous leukemia. This can help control the disease.
- Radiation therapy – This treatment sends high-energy radiation beams to leukemia cells to damage them and stop their growth. You may receive radiation in one area of your body where there is a collection of leukemia cells, or over your entire body.
Cancer care excellence in East Texas
A cancer diagnosis can turn your world upside down. To fight it, you need support on all fronts: From your family, your friends, and your cancer care team. At Hope Cancer Center of East Texas, we provide state-of-the-art leukemia treatment in East Texas. And just as important, we support you with genuine compassion and dedication to your unique needs.
Come meet our team of caring, board-certified cancer physicians, and let us show you how every resource, and all our energy, focuses on your care. To schedule an appointment, call 903.592.6152, or request an appointment using our easy online form.