Memorial Sloan Kettering provides comprehensive care for patients with adult leukemias and pediatric leukemias. Although each patient has a primary doctor who coordinates his or her care, all patients — regardless of the type of treatment they receive — are cared for by a team of experts.
The team includes:
- hematologic oncologists, who treat cancers that arise from blood cells
- medical oncologists, who treat cancer with chemotherapy and hormonal and biological therapies
- bone marrow and stem cell transplant specialists, who treat cancer with high-dose chemotherapy followed by an infusion of healthy bone marrow or stem cells
- radiation oncologists, who use radiation therapy to shrink tumors
- diagnostic radiologists, who use imaging to diagnose diseases
- pathologists, who identify diseases by studying cells and tissues under a microscope
- infectious disease specialists, who treat infections that arise during treatment for cancer
We plan treatment for each patient with input from all members of the team. A collaborative approach is very important when caring for people with leukemia because many patients require more than one form of treatment. Having a team of specialists working together from the very beginning optimizes patient care.
For more information about our approach to treatment for specific types of leukemia, visit our cancer overviews at the following links: