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The Leukemia Center at MD Anderson is known internationally for diagnosis, treatment and research of this diverse group of diseases. As one of the world’s largest and most-recognized programs focused on leukemia and blood disorders, the Center has 25 renowned physicians and treats more than 1,700 new patients each year.

Working together to provide the very best customized care, our highly experienced experts are dedicated to giving you personal attention and the full benefit of their experience and expertise. To ensure you receive comprehensive – but focused – care, we employ a team approach to bring together the world’s premier leukemia physicians and a specially trained support group including pharmacists; midlevel providers including physician assistants and advanced practice nurses; and clinical and research nurses.

They are backed by one of the most active research programs in the world, making it possible for us to offer access to more than 150 clinical trials, many not available elsewhere.

The Leukemia Center offers the most-advanced therapies, including new approaches that may help increase your chances for successful treatment. We offer care for every type of leukemia, including:

Whether you are cared for as an inpatient or outpatient, the Leukemia Center provides complete and comprehensive services including on-site hematopathology lab and bone marrow aspiration, as well as a “fast track” clinic to make checkups fast and efficient. For your convenience, financial services are managed by a center-based business office.

And at MD Anderson you’re surrounded by the strength of one of the nation’s largest and most experienced comprehensive cancer centers, which has all the services needed to treat the whole person – not just the disease.

If you have been diagnosed with, or your doctor thinks you might have, leukemia or a blood disorder, it is important to see expert doctors. We can help. Call 1-877-632-6789 to make an appointment or request an appointment online.

Why Choose MD Anderson?

  • New treatment approaches for leukemia and blood disorders
  • Most-active leukemia center in the world
  • Internationally known, highly experienced leukemia physicians and researchers
  • Clinical trials of leukemia treatments, many not available elsewhere, including vaccines and targeted therapies
  • On-site hematopathology lab and bone marrow aspiration
  • “Fast track” clinic makes leukemia check-ups fast and efficient

Our Diagnostic Approach

Successful leukemia treatment begins with accurate and precise diagnosis. From 5% to 15% of leukemia patients have been misdiagnosed before they come to MD Anderson. Our first step is to evaluate your risk factors and determine if treatment is necessary. If it is, we formulate care guidelines especially for you. There is no one-size-fits-all approach.

The Leukemia Center’s specialized pathologists use the latest equipment and technologies, including an on-site full-service hematopathology laboratory and bone marrow aspiration clinic. Because we know your time is valuable – and of the essence when treating some acute leukemias – the Leukemia Center operates a fast-track clinic to help make checkups more efficient. Results for most blood tests can be received within one or two hours.

Our Treatments

The expert physicians at the Leukemia Center customize your care to include the most-advanced treatment options including:

  • New approaches that may increase your chance for successful treatment
  • Investigational agents
  • Targeted therapies
  • Vaccines that help your body fight disease
  • Long-term follow-up of chronic disease

We strive to accomplish as much care as possible on an out-patient basis. If hospitalization is needed, our expert staff is specially trained to take care of any complexities that may arise.

For both in-patients and out-patients, our comprehensive program offers all the services needed to care for leukemia and the side effects of the disease, such as infections and bleeding issues. In addition, we offer several clinical trials of supportive care therapies including antibacterial, fungal and viral agents, as well as transfusions of white blood cells.

And, because we know leukemia affects more than the body, we go beyond treating the disease to provide emotional support for you and your family, including support groups and specially trained physical therapists and therapists.

Our Clinical Trials

MD Anderson is known internationally for developments in the treatment of leukemia. In fact, we have helped pioneer many treatments including decitabine (Dacogen®), dasatinib (Sprycel®), nilotinib (Tasigna®), imatinib mesylate (Gleevec®) and clofarabine (Clolar®).

The Leukemia Center is home to one of the nation’s few prestigious federally funded leukemia SPORE (Specialized Program of Research Excellence) programs. This means we can offer a wide range of clinical trials (research studies) for every type of disease. And we bring the latest discoveries to our patients as quickly as possible.

If you’d like to know more, visit our list of leukemia clinical trials.

Make an Appointment

Appointments are available in the Leukemia Center for cancer diagnosis, treatment and screening.

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Online Services

Take advantage of our online services, including myMDAnderson, the personalized site that helps you manage your cancer treatment:

  • Appointment schedules
  • Secure messaging with your care team
  • Patient education, billing, and more

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