What is leukemia? It is a type of cancer found in the blood and bone marrow where blood cells are formed. The disease is caused by an excessive production of abnormal white blood cells that are unable to fight infection. This out-of-control growth of abnormal white blood cells impairs the ability of bone marrow to produce platelets and red blood cells.
How often does it occur? According to the National Cancer Institute, an estimated 47,000 leukemia cases are diagnosed in the United States each year.
Are there different types of leukemia? The four most common types of leukemia are:
- Acute myeloid leukemia (AML)
- Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)
- Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML)
- Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)
What does University of Minnesota Physicians Cancer Care offer? We have an internationally recognized team known for its innovative and comprehensive program for treating leukemia and other blood cancers. Many of the treatments now available to patients with blood cancers were pioneered here at the University of Minnesota.