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. When leukemia develops, bone marrow makes too many abnormal, immature white blood cells that crowd out other, healthy blood cells. Not all leukemias are the same. Treatment options, as well as outlooks (prognosis), vary depending on the type.

At Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers (RMCC), our blood cancer specialists, called hematologists, are here to guide you and your family every step of the way. Our doctors have been influential in pioneering groundbreaking new therapies that offer unprecedented hope to patients with blood cancers like leukemia. Advancing cancer care through blood cancer research and innovation is part of our mission. As part of the national US Oncology Network, we are able to provide access to the latest cancer trreatments and therapies available through clinical trials. RMCC’s oncology researchers and their patients have been instrumental in developing new therapies that have transformed treatment and prognosis for leukemias.

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.

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.

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Newly Diagnosed with Leukemia

After being diagnosed with leukemia, it’s understandable that you may have questions about what you will face in the coming days, weeks, and months. At Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers, our goal is to help you address some of the questions head-on, so you can properly prepare for your first appointment. 

Signs & Symptoms of Leukemia

The quicker you can recognize the symptoms of leukemia, the better you can improve your chances of receiving a timely diagnosis and prompt treatment. 

Diagnosing Leukemia

Since there is no standard screening process for detecting early-stage leukemia, it is important to see your doctor regularly for a checkup. If you have symptoms that suggest leukemia, your doctor will try to find out what’s causing the problems…

Types of Leukemia

Leukemia is not one disease, but several— and while they all affect the blood, not all are created equal. Some leukemias are considered ‘acute’ and others, ‘chronic.’ There are even those that emerge from ‘myeloid’ cells versus ‘lymphoid’ cells. 

Staging Leukemia

Doctors use staging to help them predict the progression of leukemia and develop an appropriate treatment plan. While most cancers are staged based on the size and spread of tumors, leukemia staging is a little bit different…

Leukemia Treatment Options

Before making the decision on the type of leukemia treatment you’ll be receiving, your cancer care team will take certain factors into consideration such as the type and cell features of your leukemia, along with others…  

Causes & Risk Factors of Leukemia

While the exact cause of someone’s leukemia is typically unknown, we do understand that there are certain risk factors that are linked to the disease. Become aware of these risk factors and talk to you doctor if you feel that you make be at an advanced risk.