Diagnosis & Treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s experts on the Pediatric Leukemia and Lymphoma Service diagnose and treat children, adolescents, and young adults who have any form of leukemia, including acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). Whether you come to us as soon as leukemia is suspected or after a relapse of leukemia treated elsewhere, we tailor our innovative treatments for each patient, based on the characteristics of your child and of his or her disease.

Our multidisciplinary team of experts has pioneered the use of new chemotherapy regimens that have increased long-term survival for children and young adults with leukemia. As a result, the outlook for young patients with leukemia has vastly improved over the past 30 to 40 years.

Today, the cure rate for ALL is close to 90 percent, and the cure rate for AML is more than 50 percent. We are continuing to participate in national clinical trials of emerging therapies that may benefit children even more.

Learn more about how we diagnose and treat pediatric leukemias.

  • Diagnosis

    We diagnose pediatric leukemias quickly by obtaining a comprehensive history and performing a medical examination. Our leukemia experts also examine blood and bone marrow cells under a microscope. Most testing takes place on-site at Memorial Sloan Kettering.

  • Treatment

    Our pediatric leukemia experts have pioneered leukemia treatments. Our treatment typically includes a variety of chemotherapy agents to put the leukemia into remission, to destroy leukemic cells "hiding" in the central nervous system, and to kill any lingering cancer cells.

  • Managing Side Effects

    Our medical team and psychosocial team work together to minimize and treat the unavoidable physical side effects of leukemia therapy, and to reduce the psychological and social impacts of the disease and its treatment.