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Leukemia Treatment

At Fox Chase Cancer Center, our multidisciplinary medical team works closely to accurately diagnose your leukemia and help you understand your options so that you can make an informed decision about your treatment.

As a regional and national leader in cancer care, Fox Chase has a wealth of experience treating all types of leukemia.

Our skilled hematological oncology team meets regularly to review patient cases and map out a personalized treatment plan. We strive to treat your cancer in the least invasive way possible using innovative techniques and combination therapies that give you the best chance of a successful outcome.

Our doctors are also actively involved in developing new therapies for treating leukemia. Through clinical trials, we are able to offer our patients access to promising treatments and experimental therapies that may not be available elsewhere. Ask your Fox Chase doctor if a clinical trial is right for you.

Your Treatment Options

Treatment for leukemia depends on the stage and type of cancer, as well as your age, health history and personal goals. Your personalized treatment plan will be created after consultations with multiple physicians within our multidisciplinary team and may include a combination of one or more treatment options.

  • Systemic Therapy

The medical oncologists at Fox Chase are regional and national leaders in the treatment of leukemia. As part of the multidisciplinary team, your medical oncologist will help to determine your personalized treatment plan, which may include systemic therapies, such as targeted therapy, immunotherapy or chemotherapy, either as standard of care or as part of a clinical trial.

Treatment for AML and ALL frequently includes chemotherapy at varying strengths, depending on the patient’s age. CML is one of the most recent success stories in cancer therapy. Knowing the exact genetic change in CML allowed doctors to design a drug to target the specific abnormality. This "leukemia pill," called Gleevec, has revolutionized CML treatment.

Many patients with CLL do not require treatment, whereas others require treatment utilizing various strengths and combinations of therapy.

Pediatric Patients

Fox Chase specializes in treating adults diagnosed with leukemia. If you are looking for a cancer treatment center for a child, please visit the National Cancer Institute for a comprehensive listing of hospitals.

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