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 the following links: