Leukemia is a cancer of the early blood-forming cells. Most often, leukemia is a cancer of the white blood cells, but some leukemias start in other blood cell types. Leukemia is often described as being either acute (fast growing) or chronic (slow growing). Different types of leukemia have different treatment options and outlooks.
Whether you’re worried about developing leukemia, making decisions about treatment, or trying to stay well after treatment, we can help.
Learn about the causes of leukemia and what you might be able to do to help lower your risk.
If you are facing leukemia, we can help you learn about your treatment options and possible side effects, and point you to information and services to help you get through treatment and live well afterward.
The American Cancer Society is committed to relentlessly pursuing the answers that will save lives from leukemia. In fact, the Society has been a part of nearly every major cancer research breakthrough in recent history.
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