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Surgery plays a very small part in the treatment of leukemia. Because leukemia is a disease of blood and bone marrow, it’s not possible to cure it with surgery.

But surgery may be used to help deliver treatment. A plastic tube called a a central venous catheter (CVC) or venous access device can be put into a large vein. The tube allows chemo drugs or other medicines to be given and blood samples to be taken. This lessens the number of needle sticks needed during treatment. The patient must learn how to take care of the device to keep it from getting infected.

Last Medical Review: 04/21/2015
Last Revised: 02/22/2016